Early in 2009, Robert J. Lovero was elected Mayor of Berwyn, Illinois. Six members of his organization, Democratic Citizens of Berwyn (DCOB) were elected aldermen, giving Mayor Lovero’s Party a convincing majority on the eight-member City Council of Berwyn, a near-west suburb of Chicago called “The City of Homes.”
As one of Washington state’s most progressive, international cities, Tacoma has maintained its commitment to the Sister Cities Program since 1959. Since then, the program has transformed the city in some pretty remarkable ways.
If someone asked you: What is the only state in the nation to have increased its international exports every year since 2007, would you likely guess a relatively small state in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, without a seaport?
On behalf of the citizens of Fort Wayne, Indiana, I can proudly say that our city has been enriched by the numerous exchanges experienced as part of Sister Cities. The program greatly benefits our local schools, government offices, businesses, universities, and our entire community.
As a city with a population of more than 90,000, new residents to the City of Beaverton are amazed by the number of sister cities partnerships the Beaverton Sister Cities Program has maintained over its 26 year history: six! Our first partnership was formed with Gotemba, Japan; the latest with Cluses, France; and plans for expansion into Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and China are being considered. With a mission to encourage cross-cultural understanding through promoting educational and economic exchange between the City of Beaverton and her sister cities around the world, our program is poised to celebrate the next 26 years and beyond.
When I became the Mayor of Indianapolis in January 2008, given my more than two decades of service as a U.S. Marine living and working around the world, I knew immediately that one of my goals for the city of Indianapolis was to expand the visibility and awareness of Indianapolis as a global city. Today, corporations can expand their business and individuals can choose to live anywhere in the world. Indianapolis is home to many newcomers from around the world. We are proud when they choose to call Indianapolis home. We need to make them feel welcomed and engage them as a part of our community. We also need to continue to increase the awareness of Indianapolis around the world. I am proud to say that in a few short years, Indianapolis’ international profile has risen considerably. We must prepare our city to be competitive globally not only for today, but more so for decades in the future. Today, we live in a global economy. This will only continue to magnify.
The City of San Antonio is proud to have nine sister cities and two friendship cities around the world. In 1953, three years before Sister Cities International was created by President Dwight Eisenhower, San Antonio and Monterrey, Mexico, established the first U.S.-Mexico sister city relationship. Now in its 60th year, the sister cities program in San Antonio is managed through the City’s International Relations Office which is responsible for maintaining official relationships with our sister cities in China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain, and Taiwan, as well as alliances in many other countries.
With a little more hard work, I believe Phoenix’s economic story will serve as one every city can learn from.
After years of having a robust economy, the financial crash of five years ago and the Great Recession hit Arizona hard. Of course, nearly everywhere in America felt the impact, but my state hemorrhaged jobs and saw residential and commercial property value fall more quickly than almost anywhere else in America.
Houston is a city that believes in the power of diversity. Its residents have adopted an inclusive mindset that has led to the creation of the nation’s most dynamic economy and a welcoming spirit, which has helped to cultivate a rich cultural experience that is easily accessible in a place proudly featuring “the most diverse population in the U.S.” Time and time again, residents in the nation’s fourth most-populated city, and the elected officials who represent them, have opted for a comprehensive approach when addressing various issues and developing strategies for future growth, and the result has consistently helped Houston strengthen its well-deserved reputation as a “global gateway to the world.” More than 90 languages are spoken in our city, and we are home to the most Fortune 500 companies outside of New York. Houston is host to the country’s third-largest consular corps and maintains seventeen sister city relationships.
Chicago continues to forge its way through the 21st century as a leader on the world stage, and over the past several years, we have seen the city’s global presence grow stronger than ever. Chicago’s commitment to expanding the city’s global influence has made positive impacts on the lives of Chicago residents, the residents of our sister cities, and all those who travel to Chicago to experience our city’s unparalleled offerings.
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