Assistant to the City Manager
Sister Cities International was founded in 1956 by President Dwight Eisenhower, along with the People to People Program, as a way to create and strengthen partnerships between people from different communities around the world. By forming these relationships, President Eisenhower reasoned that people from different cultures could understand, appreciate, and celebrate their differences while building partnerships that would lessen the chance of new conflicts.
From the Sister Cities International Website:
"A sister city…is a broad-based, long-term partnership between two communities in two countries. A relationship is officially recognized after the highest elected or appointed official from both communities sign off on an agreement to become sister cities."