Cities Seeking Cities

SCI and CPAFFC MoUSister Cities International’s Cities Seeking Cities program offers support services to help U.S. and global members cities find new sister city partners. The Membership Department works closely with members and utilizes a wide range of channels, including foreign and U.S. embassies, federal agencies, municipal associations, twinning organizations, among others, to find potential matches. Cities Seeking Cities is open to Sister Cities International U.S. and global members, click here for more information.

U.S. City Looking for a Sister City? Let us know!

To request Cities Seeking Cities support, please contact the Cities Seeking Cities team at partnerships@sistercities.org. After you indicate that your city is looking for a new sister city you will receive a follow-up email from Sister Cities International staff to set up a debriefing. A Sister Cities International staff member will speak with you and your fellow members to get more details on what you are looking for in a partner as well as information about your city (such as industries, educational institutions, demographics, etc.).

Staff Assistance and Outreach

Aurora, CO-Adama, Ethiopia 2014 sister city signingStaff will then research and provide a list of prospective cities, after which the member will narrow the search to 3-5 communities abroad. Following this, we can reach out to foreign embassies in the U.S., U.S. embassies abroad, municipal associations, and other contacts in the U.S. and internationally to find the appropriate contact in the potential partner city. Our research will be targeted towards gauging interest and get more detail regarding how sister cities are managed in the prospective city/country.

Finally, staff will work with you to set up a direct conversation between your city office and the potential sister city matches to discuss a partnership. Along the way Sister Cities International can provide information on procedures, protocol, format, and content of invitation letters and partnership agreements, as well as serve as a general liaison, best practices, and information source.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Cities Seeking Cities team at partnerships@sistercities.org.

Foreign City Looking for a U.S. Partner?

A delegation from Richton Park climbed Mt. Alvernia in Cat Island last Wednesday as part of the cultural experience of their visit to the island. From left are Village of Richton Park Sister City Committee Chairwoman Pam Smith; Guaranteed Technical Services and Consulting, Inc. owners Daniel and Yvonne Evans; Mayor Rick Reinbold and his wife, Tammy; Village Manager De’Carlon Seewood and Prairie State College President Terri Winfree.If you are a foreign city looking for a U.S. partner, please email partnerships@sistercities.org giving us details about your city and your interest in a partnership with a U.S. city. After submitting your interest, Sister Cities International will follow-up with you via email and establish your city as City Seeking a City in our interactive online city directory. If a U.S. city is interested in connecting, Sister Cities International staff will contact you and guide you through the partnership process.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Cities Seeking Cities team at partnerships@sistercities.org.

The Latest from Cities Seeking Cities

Each month, the Cities Seeking Cities program sends out a newsletter highlighting international communities searching for U.S. partners, member spotlights, and program updates. Click here to sign up to receive the Cities Seeking Cities newsletter.

International Spotlights

 

 Balcova, Turkey Balçova, Turkey
Population: 77,843
Balçova is one of the nine districts in the Greater Izmir metro area, which sits on the southern coastline of the Gulf of İzmir. Balçova is becoming one of Izmir’s fastest growing economic regions with a strong economy focused on commerce and tourism. Home to the Izmir University of Economics, Balçova is recognized for its highly educated population. The Turkish municipality is looking for a U.S. partner to pursue trade, investment, academic, and cultural programs.
 Sisli, Turkey Şişli District, Turkey
Population: 318,217
Şişli is one of Istanbul’s 32 major districts. It has become one Istanbul's most elite neighborhoods and one of its small business and finance centers, especially with its high rises and modern shopping malls. There are many old mosques, Christian churches, and Jewish synagogues in the district as well. Şişli is looking for a U.S. partner to pursue trade, investment, academic, and cultural programs.
 Gyeongju, South Korea

Gyeongju, South Korea
Population: 264,091
Often referred to as Korea’s ‘museum without walls,’ Gyeongju is an archaeological and architectural wonderland, comprising more marvels from the Middle Ages than any other place in the country. Although tourism is important to the economy, most residents work in agriculture or manufacturing. Gyeongju is also home to four tertiary institutions and three major universities. Gyeongju is looking to establish its first U.S. sister city focused on business, tourism, culture, and academics.

Salinas

Salinas, Ecuador
Salinas is certainly a great place to see and enjoy, located on Ecuador's southern coast, just 150 kilometers from Guayaquil and home to more than 70,000 residents. Salinas has one of the most developed tourism infrastructures on the coast of Ecuador, with many hotels, restaurants, and activities. It is also home to a thriving U.S. expat population. 

Machala

Machala, Ecuador
Machala is the capital of the El Oro Province near the gulf city of Guayaquil. With a population of 241,000, Machala serves as a commercial center for the regions large agricultural industry. The community is interested in a U.S. partner to foster cooperation in secondary education as well as economic and technical exchanges. 

South Eastern Region

 

Pictured on Marsamxett and Grand Harbor, the South Eastern Region is one of five regions of Malta and includes the southeastern part of the main island of Malta, including the capital Valletta. The picturesque community is looking to develop a sister city relationship focused on municipal and economic exchanges.

 

Los Rios Province, Ecuador

Los Rios Province, Ecuador

The Los Rios Province is located in Central Ecuador west of the Andes Mountain Range, and is home to nearly 800,000 residents. The economy is largely comprised of agriculture and paper and sugar production. Los Rios is interested in a U.S. partner to engage in academic, governmental, and cultural exchanges, as well as knowledge sharing in the agriculture industry. 

Vezprém, Hungary

Vezprém, Hungary

One of the oldest urban areas in Hungary, Veszprém is located in Western Hungary and is home to 60,000 residents. Rich in culture, the picturesque city is filled with beautiful architecture and art galleries. The community is looking to twin with a U.S. community to engage its sizable manufacturing base to build strategic economic partnerships.

Muaz Bin Jabal, Jordan

Muaz Bin Jabal, Jordan

Muaz Bin Jabal is a medium sized cluster of towns and villages located on the eastern bank of the Lower Jordan River. It is home to approximately 45,000 residents. Muaz is interested in exploring exchanges focused on culture and community development.  

Santa Catarina, Brazil

Santa Catarina, Brazil (State)

The state of Santa Catarina is located in southern Brazil on the Atlantic Coast and is home to more than 6.6 million people. Santa Catarina fosters a diverse economy with agriculture, tourism, and manufacturing topping the list and a new focus in the technology sector. Santa Catarina is looking for a U.S. partner state that will complement their growing economy. 

Swieqi, Malta

Swieqi, Malta

Swieqi is a residential town located in the North East part of Malta. It is a few minutes from Sliema and Paceville and St. Julian's. Originally, the area attracted the upper classes who built large and luxurious townhouses. The town is home to 10,000 people with a grown service sector and English language schools. They are looking for a U.S. partner focused on music, education, arts and culture, and youth exchanges. 

Oranjestad Aruba Cities Seeking Cities

Oranjestad, Aruba

Oranjestad is a unique blend of old and new that lends a distinctive charm to Aruba’s capital.  A bustling harbor city, Oranjestad’s streets and malls are dotted with international luxury retailers, diverse boutiques, and jewelry stores.   Oranjestad is home to the Universiteit van Aruba, the Xavier University School of Medicine and the island’s largest secondary school, Colegio Arubano. 

Taza

Taza, Morocco

Located in Northern Morocco, Taza serves as the corridor between the Rif Mountains and the Middle Atlas Mountains. It is home to more than 144,000 residents and is the capital of the Taza province. A vastly historical center for Morocco, Taza is experiencing a resonance into the modern era and is considered the urban center for the region.

Tetovo, Macedonia

Tetovo, Macedonia

Situated on the crossroads of Europe and Asia in the Northwest of Macedonia, Tetovo enjoys both rich and diverse cultural heritage and beautiful outdoor spaces in the surrounding Sharr Mountains. The Municipality of Tetovo is interested in developing a sister city relationship with a community in the U.S. that is focused on cultural, academic, municipal, and economic development exchanges. 

Cankaya, Turkey

Çankaya, Turkey

Çankaya is the central metropolitan district of the city of Ankara, the capital of Turkey, and is the home of the President of Turkey. The area is also home to many of the capital's embassies, government departments, and best-known landmarks. The community is interested in a sister city relationship in the U.S. with a focus in social services, energy and climate, culture, tourism, and gender equality. 

Eskisehir, Turkey

Eskişehir, Turkey

Eskişehir is located on the banks of the Porsuk River where it overlooks the fertile Phrygian Valley and is home to various manufacturing companies and two prominent universities. Eskişehir is interested in developing a new sister city relationship with a community in the U.S. with a focus in cultural, municipal, business and trade, and academic exchanges.

Versailles, France

Versailles, France

The historic City of Versailles is home to more than 80,000 residents in the great Paris region. The community is looking to pair with a prominent U.S. community to work together in opening a new museum focused on the historical connection in U.S. history with the singing of the Treaty of Paris.

Jose P. Rizal, Philippines

Jose P. Rizal, Philippines

Jose P. Rizal is a first class municipality located on the serene provincial island of Palawan and is home to more than 40,000 residents. A community rich with culture, Rizal is interested in developing a U.S. sister city relationship to facilitate cultural and economic exchanges.

Guiyang, China

Guiyang, China

The City of Guiyang is home to 4.3 million residents and is comprised of seven urban districts. As the economic and commercial hub of the Guizhou Province, the city is at the retail and wholesale center with companies like Wal-Mart, Carrefour, RT-Mart, and several others. The City of Guiyang is looking to establish a relationship with a community in the U.S. to foster an economic and cultural partnership.

Cabedelo, Brazil

Cabedelo, Brazil

Cabedelo is located in the João Pessoa metropolitan region and serves as a strategic resource for the maritime and port activities for the region. With over 60,000 residents, Cabedelo is a host to a tropical climate, natural beauty, and countless opportunities for diverse business opportunities. Cabedelo is looking to develop a sister city relationship with a community with similar geographical features and population.

Siaya County, Kenya

Siaya County, Kenya

Located on the eastern banks of Lake Victoria, Siaya County supports a strong fishing industry with a number of hatcheries along the waterfront communities. Agriculture is the main economic force for the county with local production of rice, cotton, coffee, sugarcane, and tobacco. Siaya County is looking to establish its first U.S. sister city. 

Sloviansk, Ukraine

Sloviansk, Ukraine

A city in the Donetsk Oblast, Sloviansk was founded in 1676 and built its economy on salt production. Today, the community is a producer of machinery and chemical equipment. Heavily affected by the Siege of Sloviansk the community is looking to rebound and strengthen relationships with the U.S. 

Tamar Region, Israel

Tamar Regional Council, Israel

The Tamar Regional Council is located between the Dead Sea and the Judean Desert in South Israel. With a great emphasis in nature and culture, Tamar proudly hosts an annual marathon race, an annual outdoor opera, and a national music festival. With nearly 1,500 residents, the Tamar Regional Council is looking to develop a sister city relationship focused on tourism, education, and community development.

Vientiane, Laos

Vientiane, Laos

Located on the Mekong River, Vientiane is the capital and largest city of the Lao People's Democratic Republic. Vientiane serves as the economic force for the country with rapidly growing economic sector since the opening of the country's stock exchange in 2011. The capital city is home to more than 780,000 residents and is interested in developing its first U.S. sister city partnership. 

Kavaje, Albania

Kavajë, Albania

Kavajë is located on the western bank of the Adriatic Sea in the country’s Western Lowlands. Provided the regional climate, Kavajë cultivates a strong agricultural industry with thousands of acres of fruit and vegetable produce. Home to more than 75,000 residents, the community fosters a strong healthcare and education system. With a rich culture, the Kavajë is looking to establish its first sister city relationship with a community in the U.S.    

 Montevideo, Uruguay

Montevideo, Uruguay

With more than 1.3 million residents, Montevideo is the largest city in the Eastern Republic of Uruguay. The community hosts a “thriving tech center and entrepreneurial culture” and has consistently been rated to have the highest quality of life of any city in Latin America. With a rich culture and history, Montevideo is looking to engage cultural, educational, and economic exchanges with a new sister city in the U.S. 

Ourense Spain Cities Seeking Cities

Ourense, Spain

Galicia's third-largest city has a spruced-up labyrinth of a historic quarter and a lively tapas scene. One of the main tourist attractions is Ourense thermal baths, as Ourense holds one of the greatest amount of geothermal water in Europe. The economy in the city of Ourense is marked by a predominance of service sector, the city has the largest shopping and leisure in the province, and administrative services as well as construction. The city is home to the University of Vigo and the Ourense Hospital Complex which are a vital role in the community. 

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