Park City Strengthens its Sister-City Partnership Through Innovative Exchange Programs

Park City, Utah is rolling out two exciting new programs this year with its Sister City, Courchevel, France. Both ski resort communities, the cities are independently known for their massive resort sizes and terrain; superior guest experiences; and small town, historic atmosphere. Park City and Courchevel have been sister cities since 1984 and focus heavily on educational exchanges, with French and American high-school students participating in an annual homestay exchange. Over the past four years, the relationships between Courchevel and Park City municipal officials ...

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Crestview, FL Prepares to Welcome Delegation from Noirmoutier-en-l’Île, France

Crestview exchange students posing for picture with ukelele
Crestview, Florida and its sister city Noirmoutier-en-l'Île, France will continue their annual high school exchange this upcoming fall. The October 19 to November 2 visit by a 35-member delegation from Noirmoutier, including 21 students, is the latest exchange in the 23-year relationship between the Floridian city and the congenial island off France’s west coast. The exchange initially began in 1995, when Crestview and neighboring cities sent a group of community leaders to France. Two years later, in 1997, the relationship between Crestview and Noirmoutier was ...

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Tacoma, WA Celebrates 1st Student Exchange with Biot, France

On April 8th, the city of Tacoma, Washington welcomed 19 eighth grade students from the College I’Eganaude in its sister city of Biot, France. This marks the first-ever student exchange between Tacoma and Biot, who have traditionally had a very strong arts exchange program. Recently, the two cities have looked for more ways to expand their relationship. In October 2012, Biot become Tacoma’s 12th sister city; and while most Sister Cities relationships focus on ties stemming from common geography, size, or economy, Tacoma and Biot’s commonality is glass blowing. ...

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A Priceless Experience: Shoppers Get a Taste of Their Sister Cities

Visitors to the Mall in Columbia, Maryland last month enjoyed an afternoon of music, performances and tables spotlighting Columbia's four official sister cities (Cergy-Pontoise, France; Tres Cantos, Spain; Tema, Ghana and; Cap-Haitien, Haiti) and a 5th soon-to-be sister city: Liyang in Jiangsu Province, People's Republic of China—which is awaiting signature of the official partnership agreement. Volunteers from the sister city committees staffed the display tables, and dancers and drummers offered performances representing the cultures of each city. The event on April ...

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Sister Cities Stitch Together Washington and Cameroon

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Nashville Descends on Northern Ireland

Sister Cities of Nashville, Tennessee led scores of public officials, musicians, entrepreneurs, restaurateurs, education leaders, diplomats, and many more to Belfast, in Northern Ireland, early this month. They were there to celebrate “Nashville in Belfast,” a week of events highlighting the Music City’s food, history, culture, and (of course) its music. They brought with them guitars and accordions, brochures and little Tennessee state flags, gold- and platinum-record lapel pins, fried chicken, corn pudding, and lemonade, in hopes of giving folks in Belfast a ...

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Board Member Edmund Adams Takes Honor Flight

Ed Adams during Honor Flight
Sister Cities International board member, Edmund Adams, will participate in the Honor Flight Tri-State from Cincinnati to Washington D.C. on Tuesday, May 22.  The purpose of the Honor Flight Program is to recognize American military veterans for their sacrifices and accomplishments who served their country during wartime. Adams, as a 1st Lieutenant, was a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, and Battery Commander of a HAWK surface-to-air missile unit on the West German-East German border near Kassel, Germany in 1964-65 during the early stages of the Vietnam War. All ...

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Maryland Receives Visitors from South Africa and Japan

Delegates from Maryland Sister Cities and KwaZulu-Natal pose for picture
The month of March was a busy one for Maryland’s sister state programs. The state hosted two delegations: one from the coastal South African province of KwaZulu-Natal on March 12, and the other from Japanese prefecture Kanagawa, which lies between Tokyo and Mount Fuji, on March 28. At the first of these meetings, the Maryland-KwaZulu-Natal Sister State Committee facilitated a dialogue between the Maryland Department of Commerce (MDOC), local economic authorities in Baltimore, the South African Embassy, and the KwaZulu-Natal International Trade and Investment ...

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U.S. – China City Diplomacy: Sister City Contributions to Peace, Commerce, and Governance

Graphic detailing US-China sister city relationships on a map of the two countries
Contributed by Ben Leffel In 1993, my late mentor, economist Richard V. Knight, presented a lecture titled “Global & Local Cities” to an audience of scholars and city officials in Venice, Italy in which he described the knowledge and technology transmission made possible by Sister Cities International’s worldwide bilateral exchange programs. The validity of his points still stand today, but are especially relevant when looking at the ways in which sister city relationships have helped connect countries like China to the rest of the world. The immediate ...

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Tackling the Heroin Crisis: Sister Cities Seattle and Bergen Working Together

Houses on the Water in Bergen Norwat
When you think of Bergen, Norway; the first thing that comes to mind is its picturesque harbor with its quaint wooden houses. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most photographed scenes in the world. It is no wonder that the postcard-perfect city set on a fjord against the backdrop of seven majestic mountains, served as the inspiration for many of the settings in Disney’s Frozen. A native Seattleite, I have often made the observation that my own city is like “Bergen in larger format, but more modern.” Norway’s second city, like its sister city Seattle, ...

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