Sister Cities

What Is A Sister City Relationship 

A Sister City relationship is a broad-based, officially approved, long-term partnership between two communities in two countries. A Sister City relationship becomes official with a signing ceremony of the top-elected officials of the two local jurisdictions, following approval by the local City Councils. Sister City partnerships have the potential to carry out the widest possible diversity of activities of any international program, including every type of municipal, business, professional, educational and cultural exchange or project. Sister City programs are also unique in that they inherently involve the three main sectors in a community: local government, businesses, and a wide variety of citizen volunteers (and civil society or non-profit organizations).

Key Elements of Success for Sister Cities Program

Sister City programs--perhaps more than any other international program--involve the widest possible diversity of exchanges and projects. Basically, anything that goes on in a community can become--and has, in one City or another--the subject of a Sister City project, including every type of municipal, business, professional, environmental, educational and cultural exchange.

In the U.S., there is a great deal of diversity in how Sister City programs are structured. Generally speaking, however, broad-based Sister City committees made up of a wide-variety of citizens from the community make up the backbone of most Sister City programs in the U.S., with City Hall and local businesses in more of a support role.

Citizen Diplomacy, person to person contact creating cross cultural communication and understanding at home in San Jose and with our Sister Cities is the real Key.