Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Economic Development Toolkit

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Sister Cities International


Economic Development Toolkit Now Available!

Annual Awards Nominations Deadline Extended: April 17!

Upcoming Webinar: J-1 Visa Process

Early Bird Registration Now Open for the 2013 Annual Conference!

2013 Young Artists and Authors Showcase

April 06, 2013
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April 19-20, 2013
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Economic Development Toolkit Now Available!

Are you interested in incorporating economic development into your sister city organization's work? The "Economic Development: Assessing Resources and Gathering Partners" toolkit will walk you through the first steps of building economic development programming: identifying partners, reaching out, and setting up your first meeting. These steps will help you find the right people and resources to make economic development programming a core part of your work.

Click here to download this toolkit from our website!

Plus! A recording of last week's webinar, presented in conjunction with the "Economic Development: Assessing Resources and Gathering Partners" toolkit, is now available for members on our website at

Please note, members needs to be logged-in to access the toolkits and webinar page. Please review our website instructions if you have issues logging in.

The "Economic Development: Assessing Resources and Gathering Partners" webinar and toolkit are the first of of a three-part series focusing on economic development. The series is a step-by-step how-to-guide on incorporating economic development in your program. Stay tuned in the coming months as make more these economic development resources available to members!

Annual Awards Nominations Deadline Extended!

Sister Cities International Annual Awards
Attention members! The deadline for nominating your sister city program, or a sister city volunteer for the Sister Cities International Annual Awards has been extended toWednesday, April 17, 2013! Hurry and nominate your program today!

The Sister Cities International Annual Awards highlight your sister city organizations's achievements and brings international recognition to your community's contributions to the citizen diplomacy movement. Established in 1962, the Annual Awards recognize exceptional sister city programs. 
Applications for the Annual Awards recognizing achievements in the year 2012 are now open in the categories: Best Overall ProgramInnovationVolunteer of the Year, and Youth Leadership. Current dues-paying members of Sister Cities International with at least one formally recognized sister city partnership are eligible to apply for the Awards.

A panel of judges will review the entries and the winners will be honored at the 57th Sister Cities International Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, July 12-13, 2013.

Click here to nominate your program today! Deadline for application is Wednesday, April 17, 2013. 
Please note that all submissions MUST be submitted electronically this year. Please review the details on eligibility, rules and regulations, submission requirements, and evaluation before submitting the electronic entry form.

Upcoming Webinar: J-1 Visa Process

When: Wednesday, April 10, 2:00 p.m. EDT
Featured speaker: Jennelle Root Martell, Former Director of Programs and Grants, Sister Cities International

Sister Cities International will help you navigate the process of applying for a J-1 Visa. Learn how Sister Cities International has partnered with a number of immigration lawyers throughout the U.S. to provide pro bono consultations related to inbound or outbound visas. We will be highlighting our new online form through which members can request this visa consultation.
  • To join us for the two webinars please click on THIS LINK. Under the "Guest" tab, enter your name and email address and simply click on "Join Meeting." (Do not select the "Register" option)
  • To simply listen to the audio-only version of the call, please dial: 1-719-325-2630, access code: 839510.
  • Please note that no registration is required. Simply follow the instructions for joining the webinar on April 10 at 2 p.m. EDT.
A recording of the webinar will also be available for members on our website

Register today for the
2013 Annual Conference!

An exciting line-up of expert sessions, off-site visits, receptions, and speakers awaits you in San Antonio, Texas at the 2013 Sister Cities International Annual Conference, July 12-13, 2013.

Here's a quick peek at the specialized tracks featured in the agenda!
  • Fundraising 
  • Economic Development
  • Sister City University
For the detailed agenda, please visit:
Invited Keynote Speakers include:
  • The Honorable Tara Sonenshine, Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy
  • Carola McGiffert, Director of the “100,000 Strong” Initiative
  • The Honorable Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio
  • The Honorable Henry Cisneros,  Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development & Former Mayor of San Antonio
  • The Honorable Seishi Kohyama, Mayor of Kumamoto, Japan
The 2013 Conference features two concurrent specialized tracks!

Focusing on building stronger, sustainable pan-pacific ties.

Providing youth with the tools to lead, network, and become informed global citizens! Click here to find out more! Special youth registration rate of $450 includes room and board during the entire Youth Leadership Summit.

2013 Young Artists and Authors Showcase

Sister Cities International Young Artists and Authors Showcase
Open to all Sister Cities International youth members!

The 2013 Young Artists and Authors Showcase theme is "The Power of Exchange." Sister city relationships foster partnerships within the community and between international cities, counties, and states. Whether in person, online, or through the mail, exchanges of people and ideas facilitate community development and educational opportunities. Entries should illustrate the long-term impact that exchanges have had on an individual or community.

The deadline for sending in entries is May 1, 2013. For details, visit:

Click on the links below to download the entry forms:
Young Artists Form
Young Authors Form

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