- Sister Cities are created during a ceremony in one of the communities, following approval by the local city councils (county commissions or state legislatures), as appropriate. They create a relationship which is a broad-based, officially approved, long-term partnership between the two communities.
- Sister Cities are created to
- Learn more about one another.
- Develop friendly, meaningful exchanges.
- Strengthen partnerships between the U.S. and international communities.
- Build global cooperation at the municipal level
- Promote cultural understanding
- Create an atmosphere in which economic and community development can be implemented and strengthened.
- Stimulate environments through which communities will creatively learn, work, and solve problems together through reciprocal cultural, educational, municipal, business, professional and technical exchanges and projects.
- Collaborate with organizations in the United States and other countries which share similar goals. (Wikipedia)
- Spokane’s Sister Cities: (Dates of these partnerships are indicted.)
(1961) Nishinomiya, Japan
(1987) Jilin City, China
(1990) Limerick, Ireland
(1999) Jecheon, South Korea Makhachkala, Russia Lübeck, Germany
(2016) Cagli, Italy
(150 miles north of Rome)