Friday, October 4, 2013

Sister City International Newsletter

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Sister Cities International


Upcoming Webinar: Doing Business in Mexico

U.S.-China Sister Cities Awards

2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference

Looking for Funding Opportunities

2014 Young Artists and Authors Showcase

October 04, 2013
Columbus Sister Cities International: 17th Annual Meeting
October 07, 2013
Rockville Sister Cities: Fotokreis
October 10-12, 2013
Sister Cities International 2013 Fall Leadership Meeting


Upcoming Webinar:
Doing Business in Mexico

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2:00 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Colleen Fisher, U.S. Department of Commerce NAFTA expert

Proximity to the United States, combined with the successful North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), has created an open and welcoming market for U.S. products and services in Mexico. Mexico is the third largest trading partner of the United States, and represents the second largest export market of U.S. products and services. Since its enactment in 1994, the NAFTA has bolstered the strong manufacturing industries on both sides of the border, facilitating an active exchange in parts and components along supply chains for various sectors.  Additionally, the U.S. and Mexican governments are promoting their commercial relationship like never before with the launch of the U.S.-Mexico High Level Economic Dialogue.

Join this webinar to learn more about the business opportunities that your U.S.-Mexico sister city relationship can explore as well as the policy initiatives that are driving the bi-lateral relationship into the 21st Century.
  • To join us for the webinar please click on THIS LINK. Select the "Enter as a Guest" option, enter your name and email address and simply click on "Join Meeting." (Do not select the "Register" option)
  • To call in using your phone, please dial: 1-719-325-2630, access code:839510. Please note that the webinar will be an audio-visual presentation. We encourage members to join us using a computer.
  • Please note that no registration is required. Simply follow the instructions for joining the webinar at2:00p.m. EDT on October 23.
  • A recording of the webinar will be available for members on our website.
Questions? Please


U.S.-China Sister Cities Award

Opportunity for your U.S.-China sister city relationship to shine at the 2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference!
Submission Deadline extended to October 14, 2013
Nominate YOUR program for the 2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Awards. The Awards highlight your U.S.-China sister city relationship's achievements and brings international recognition to your community's contributions to building people-to-people ties between the two countries. U.S. and Chinese cities with a formally recognized sister city partnership can apply for the Awards.

Winners will be recognized at the 2014 U.S. China Sister Cities Conference.
U.S.-China sister city programs can be nominated in the following categories:
  • Longest U.S.-China Sister City Relationship Award
  • Community Involvement Award
  • Youth Award
  • Arts & Culture Award
  • Economic Development Award
  • Energy and Sustainable Development Award
  • Best Overall Award
  • Most Innovative Award
  • Best Individual Award
For Awards eligibility, submission, and application instructions, CLICK HERE.

Deadline for submission is now Monday, October 14, 2013.


2014 U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference

Sister Cities International is set to host the 2014 U.S. China Sister Cities Conference in March in Washington, D.C! This exciting Conference will connect government officials, business leaders, and citizen diplomats from the U.S. and China to examine innovative and exciting opportunities in the U.S.-China network and explore new sister city partnerships. The Conference will offer informative educational sessions from industry thought leaders and numerous forums in which attendees can socialize and network.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - Friday, March 28, 2014

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

With over 200 sister city relationships, U.S.-China partnerships are the fastest growing in the sister cities network. The Conference is an outcome of Sister Cities International's 2012 Memorandum of Understanding signing with the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries.

For more information on the agenda and to register, CLICK HERE.

Looking for Funding Opportunities?

Visit the "Grants and Funding" tab in the Member Area of our website for information on several external grant opportunities that sister city programs could apply for.

Sister Cities International does not directly administer these programs but we are available to provide support and guidance for you if you are interested in applying to any of these opportunities!

Please note, members need to be logged in to access the Member Area. For our website instructions, click here. Questions?

2014 Young Artists and Authors Showcase

Open to all Sister Cities International youth members!
Sister cities youth are encouraged to submit artwork, essays, and poems inspired by what this years theme: "Connect globally. Thrive locally." means to them!
Sister city relationships foster partnerships within the community and between international cities, counties, and states in order to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time. In 2012 Sister Cities International launched its new tag line: Connect globally. Thrive locally. Through 2D media, essays or poetry,  youth can illustrate how global connectivity allows an individual or community to thrive locally. How has this connectivity impacted youth for the better?

The deadline for sending in entries is May 1, 2014. For details, visit:

Click on the links below to download the guidelines and entry forms:
2014 Young Artists Showcase Form
2014 Young Authors Showcase Form