Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Scoop From Sister Cities International

Cities Seeking Cities

Sister Cities International’s Cities Seeking Cities program offers support services to help U.S. member cities find new sister city partners abroad. Our Membership Department works closely with members and utilizes a wide range of channels, including foreign and U.S. embassies, federal agencies, municipal associations, twinning organizations, among others, to find potential matches.
Join us for a "Cities Seeking Cities" webinar onWednesday, May 28, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. EDT for an overview of this exclusive member service. Membership Coordinator, Taylor Woodruff, will provide a step-by-step guide on how Sister Cities International can assist you in finding a partner city! His presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.

For more information on how to join the webinar, please email your name and sister city organization to

2014 SCI Board of Directors Election Candidates Forum
Get to know the 2014 Board of Directors Election candidates!

Join us for the Sister Cities International "Board of Directors Election Candidates Forum" Webinar. The forum is an excellent opportunity to hear from the candidates themselves. Candidates will be asked a series of questions regarding their vision and contribution to the sister cities movement. The audience will also be able to engage the candidates during a Q & A session. Please note that candidate participation is voluntary.

Candidate profiles and bios will be uploaded to the Sister Cities International website on Friday, May 30.Sister Cities International’s Board of Directors is elected by its voting members—local sister city organizations. The election includes both electronic voting from June 12-August 1, 2014 as well as in-person voting at the Annual Business Meeting on August 1, held during Sister Cities International’s Annual Conference in San Jose, California, July 31-August 2, 2014.

Please note, Sister Cities International will be sending electronic ballots for the 2014 elections to the primary contact's email. Please ensure that the primary contact information is updated on your city's profile. Use our 
interactive map to find your city's profile. To update the information on your city’s profile, please contact Aveen Karim, Membership Coordinator, at
For more information on how to join the webinar, please email your name and sister city organization to

What's in Store for You at San Jose?
Did you know that San Jose is home to the largest concentration of technology expertise in the world, with 6,600 technology companies in the city alone?

We’re very excited to be hosting our 58th Annual Conference on the theme “Digital Diplomacy” in this exciting city this summer!

CLICK HERE to check out the draft agenda for a preview of all the sessions and tours in store for you! 

Plus, there's something for everyone! Our 2014 Youth Leadership Summit, concurrent with the Annual Conference, is designed to engage the next generation of citizen diplomats and expose them to important global challenges. For more information, visit:

Like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, our ingenue is finding her way to San Jose and you will too! Just follow the yellow brick road... ahhh, we mean, just follow the yellow book pad and you will find your way to San Jose and the Sister Cities International Annual Conference! And also hear from Olympic figure skater Polina Edmonds. San Jose Sharks hockey player Jason Demers, Olympic gold medalist swimmer Anne Warner Cribbs, and California Storm soccer player Brandi Chastain on why you need to join us this summer in San Jose!

Innovation and creativity await you in San Jose and Silicon Valley.
Be inspired at #SCISanJose!
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Feature Your City Flag!
In a salute to our heritage as the oldest and largest national movement of Citizen Diplomats in the world, Sister Cities International and this year's Annual Conference (see details above) planners are reintroducing the Parade of Flags and combining it with the City of San Jose Sister Cities Flag Raising Tradition as part of the 2014 Annual Conference and Youth Leadership Summit Opening Ceremony. But with a minor twist!

The Parade of Flags will be a parade of city/county/region flags to honor who we are as member communities in this national movement. In this regard, each member city and state or organization is requested to provide a flag for this ceremony. It is envisioned that this one time member gift to Sister Cities International will be retained for use at succeeding Annual Conference Opening Ceremonies.

For more information on how you can participate, please visit