ICYMI: The City of Cleveland Hosts Sister Cities Conference

The City of Cleveland, in partnership with Global Cleveland, held the inaugural Sister Cities conference, which brought together representatives from 22 cities to network, connect and discuss partnerships. The conference was held May 1-3 and included multiple panels, which explored various topics including interfaith, immigration, education and more. A naturalization ceremony was also held.  

Below is a series of frequently asked questions about Cleveland’s Sister Cities.

What are Sister Cities?

Sister Cities are cities across the globe that Cleveland has partnered with to promote cultural exchange, educational exchange, and economic (business) activity.  The goal is to use our sister city relationships as a way to encourage international business and job growth in Cleveland.

How are Sister Cities selected?

Sister Cities are selected by the Office of Government & International Affairs. To become a Sister City the City of Cleveland and the prospective Sister City are required to pass legislation. Also, the City of Cleveland looks for the following criteria when considering a city for the Sister City program:

  • Municipal compatibility
  • The ability to mutually provide and share cultural, educational and economical initiatives  
  • The capability to maintain and preserve an active relationship

What is the purpose of the Sister Cities conference?

According to Global Cleveland, the mission of the conference is “To enhance our economic, social, and cultural prosperity through enriching global partnerships.”

Click here for more information on Cleveland’s Sister Cities.