When we look at the examples of relationships that have been built between various cities over the last century, clearly the focus is international.
Most of us have heard of Sister Cities International, an organization that began in 1956 under President Eisenhower, and since that time has been matching up U.S. cities with cities all over the world. The paired towns were meant to form relationships that would allow them to exchange ideas and build lasting programs in the areas of culture, education and trade. The hope was that the more connections and common ground that could be established, the lesser the chance of future conflicts. Sister Cities’ programs include everything from elementary school pen pals to research and webinars in poverty alleviation and sustainable development.