2008 Annual Awards Winners

The Annual Awards Program highlights sister city program achievements and brings international recognition to each community’s contributions to the citizen diplomacy movement. Sister Cities International established the Annual Awards Program in 1962 to recognize exceptional sister city programs. This year, our panel of distinguished judges chose 16 programs and individuals to receive awards in various categories according to city population size.

Best Overall Program

Population Less than 100,000: Suffolk Sister Cities

Population Between 100,000-300,000: Sister Cities of Newport News

Population Between 300,000-500,000: City of Riverside and International Relations Council

Population Greater than 500,000:

  •  Fort Worth Sister Cities International
  •  Phoenix Sister Cities Commission


Arts and Culture

  • Population Less than 100,000: Mount Prospect Sister Cities Commission
  • Population Between 100,000 – 500,000: Sister Cities of Durham (NC) Inc.
  • Population Greater than 500,000: Jacksonville Sister Cities International

Humanitarian Assistance

  • Population Greater than 500,000: Denver Sister Cities Program

Youth and Education

  • Population Under 100,000: Suffolk Sister Cities
  • Population Between 100,001 – 500,000: Omaha Sister Cities International
  • Population Greater than 500,001: Chicago Sister Cities International Program

Volunteer of the Year

Fort Worth Sister Cities International

Disability Advocacy – Population Greater than 500,000

 Phoenix Sister Cities Commission