What Is a Sister City?
When an American community joins with a community in another nation to learn more about the other and to develop friendly and meaningful exchanges.

Why Have a Sister City?
A sister city program helps the citizens of both communities become directly involved in international relations in unique and rewarding exchanges which benefits everyone.

What is the Purpose?

  • Exchange ideas and develop friendship with our counterparts in another culture on a direct personal basis.
  • Establish an identity as members of the family of man involved in the constructive process
    of building world peace.
  • Develop a way for the many diverse elements of every community to come together to enjoy and profit from a cooperative program.
  • Open new dialogues with the people of
    another culture to find unique solutions to
    improving the quality of urban life.
  • Better understand our own community by
    interpreting our way of life to the people
    of another culture.

History of Sister Cities
Sister city, county and state affiliations between the United States and other nations began shortly after World War II, and developed into a national
initiative when President Dwight D. Eisenhower proposed the people-to-people program at a White House conference in 1956.

President Eisenhower’s intention was to involve individuals and organized groups at all levels of society in citizen diplomacy, with the hope that personal
relationships would lesson the chance for future world conflicts

Sister Cities International
SCI is the official membership organization for sister city, county and state programs in the United States.
SCI represents:
1,283 U.S. Cities
2,390 Partners in
137 Countries Worldwide

Sister City relationships are officially recognized through sister city agreements signed by the respective mayor of each city and ratified by each city council.

Examples of other Sister Cties
Belize and Evanston, IL
Waterloo, Canada and Centerville, OH
Belen, Costa Rica and Delano, FL
Quito, Ecuador and Coral Gables, FL
Guatamala City and Auburn, AL
Santa Maria, Paraguay and Hays, KS
Aruba and Tahlequah, OK
Port-Au-Prince, Haiti and Baton Rouge, LA
St. Vincent Island and Worchester, MA

Sample Projects
Exchanges of visitors, officials, teachers, professionals, and students.
Organized tours.
Club affiliations such as Rotary, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, hobby clubs...
Letter and e-mail writing.
Technical and professional exchanges.
Art and Photo Exhibits.
Exchanges of Publications and Recipes.
Exportation of products
“Not the GE’s and General Motors
but pottery and farm products”

Sample Programs
Tempe, Arizona and
Lower Hutt, New Zealand
“Educator Exchange”

Springfield, Missouri and Isesaki, Japan
“Friendship is a walk in the Park”
Created a Japanese style park

Hazzelton, Pennsylvania and
Zabrze, Poland
“Environmental Group”
Exchange of information about environmental clean-up and energy conservation

Santa Barbara, CA and Yalta, Ukraine
“Saving the Children”