Sister Cities International
Sister Cities International (SCI) is the national headquarters for sister city, county, and state programs in the United States. The U.S. Sister Cities program traces its roots to 1956 when President Eisenhower proposed a people-to-people citizen diplomacy initiative. Sister Cities International became a separate, non-profit corporation in 1967 due to the tremendous growth and popularity of the U.S. program. Today, SCI represents more than 2,500 communities in 134 countries around the world. Corvallis is a member of Sister Cities International.
Sister Cities International’s primary goals are to:
- Develop partnerships between U.S. cities, counties, states and similar jurisdictions in other nations.
- Provide opportunities for officials and citizens to experience and explore other cultures through long-term community partnerships.
- Promote an atmostphere to facilitate economic and community development.
- Encourage communities to learn, work, and solve problems together through reciprocal cultural, educational, municipal, business, professional, and technical projects and exchanges.
For more information, visit the Sister Cities International web site.