Taipei, Taiwan – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan, and Oklahoma City, capital of the State of Oklahoma established their sister-city relationship in 1981. Next year will be the 40th anniversary of sister-city relations and plans are already underway to celebrate decades of friendship between the good people of Taipei and Oklahoma City. The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Houston represents the interests of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in the southern United States, including Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. TECO in Houston is proud to serve ...

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Greater Portland, Maine – Archangel, Russia

Greater Portland, Maine and Archangel, Russia first started their sister city relationship in 1988.  Over the years, more than 1,000 people have traveled between the two communities. Students, teachers, artists, performers, doctors, lawyers, judges, firefighters, rescue specialists, photographers, business leaders, World War II Arctic Convoy Veterans, and local and state government leaders all have gone to each other’s communities for cultural and practical exchanges. The sister city relationship they hold has grown to encompass the entire State of Maine, and the ...

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Miami Beach Sister Cities Program Reactivated

This past summer, the City of Miami Beach transferred the Sister Cities Program leadership to the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. It was formerly led by the Office of the Mayor. European resort Cascais in Portugal has become Miami Beach’s 13th Sister City. Miami Beach and Cascais have similarities in that they have become a “playground for the rich and famous”, and both known as vacation destinations. The City of Cascais has a population of 210,500 people and is part of a 16-Sister City network, including the Brazilian City of Salvador Bahia, Gaza under ...

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SISTER CITIES: A Story if Friendship from Virginia to Mali

Just this past year, Sister Cities Richmond, Virginia and Ségou, Mali had a commemorative celebratory book launch. The book, titled “SISTER CITIES: A Story of Friendship from Virginia to Mali” by Ana Edwards and Robin Poulton, celebrated the 10 years of friendship created between the two cities. It tells the story of citizen diplomacy and success in multiple shared project activities.  Ségou, Mali and Richmond, Virginia officially signed their Sister City partnership in October 2009 in Richmond, and again on February 2010 in Ségou. This book is written to ...

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Scottsdale, Arizona Aids its “Sister” Across the USA Southern Border

Scottsdale, Arizona and Alamos, Sonora, Mexico have been sister cities in 50 years. First established in 1969, Scottsdale was the first city in Arizona to establish a sister city relationship with a city in Mexico. Later, Phoenix, Arizona followed suit to form a sister city relationship with Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.  Scottsdale currently has 8 active sister cities and has active communications with all of them - a truly amazing feat! Their largest activities are youth oriented, and also have programs revolving around art, music, language, and an unexpected activity ...

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Tacoma, Washington – Fuzhou, China

Fuzhou, China and Tacoma, Washington share a 25-year-old relationship including delegation exchanges, student exchanges, and Dragon Boat races. Now, we see another way they strengthen their relationship – the exchange of medical supplies. While Fuzhou, China was having difficulties in obtaining specific medical supplies and equipment due to the outbreak, they reached out to their sister city, Tacoma, Washington. Tacoma put their efforts into raising $1,200 to help China in the outbreak and fought through their own obstacles of the lack of masks and eventually gathered ...

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Norfolk, Virginia – Ningbo-Beilun, China 

Ningbo-Beilun, China, sprang into action to help their Sister City in Norfolk, Virginia as they watched their schools close and their communities struggle. Jennifer Priest, the executive director of the Norfolk Sister City Association, accepted an offer from Ningbo-Beilun for 2,000 masks (500 N95 masks and 1,500 medical surgical masks), as well as 500 protective gowns and 500 goggles. It’s clear to see that this partnership exemplifies the true message of Sister Cities International in being kind to our human neighbors and creating bonds for peace and prosperity ...

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Santa Barbara, California – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Santa Barbara, and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, have had a sister city relationship for 48 years - starting in 1972. Their long lasting relationship has had fruitful projects and exchanges during their time as sister cities, and continually prove to this day that their relationship is as strong as ever, from educational programs to health initiatives.    In the past, the Santa Barbara and Puerto Vallarta relationship has had a variety of interactions to improve each others’ communities. They have jointly supported the Puerto Vallarta Rehabilitation Clinic since ...

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Houston’s “Virtual Iftar”

Houston’s “Virtual” Iftar 2020  On Saturday, May 9th, 2020, Houston held a virtual Iftar. The sharing of the meals and food pick-up followed strict social distancing safety rules and regulations.   Each year, Houston’s Iftar dinner has grown – this year, they hosted 2000 people. Mohammad Sheikh, the President of the Houston-Karachi Sister City Association has organized the event for a number of years. Other Islamic SCAs besides Karachi are Abu Dhabi, Baku, Basrah, and Istanbul.  This is a free and open event for Houston’s diverse community of ...

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Baltimore, Maryland – Xiamen, China Sister City Partnership

Sister Cities Baltimore, Maryland and Xiamen, China have been working together to fight COVID-19 in their communities. See their press release here to learn about how they've tackled this issue! Sister Cities Baltimore and Xiamen, China, Coordinate PPE Mask Donation   Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young welcomed a shipment of 50,000 surgical masks donated by Baltimore’s Sister City Xiamen, China. “I’m immensely grateful to the municipal government of Xiamen and for the hard work of the Baltimore-Xiamen Sister City Committee who made this gift ...

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