About Utah sister cities coalition
Utah Sister City Coalition (USCC) is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to increasing global awareness, understanding and opportunities in Utah by hosting international visitors, facilitating Sister Cities’ activities, promoting global education, assisting with international trade development, cooperating with international organizations and serving as a resource for area governments, businesses, educational institution, humanitarian service organizations and residents within the respective member cities. The USCC is linked globally to create opportunities for the citizens of Utah to promote, build and experience lasting friendships through a variety of programs.
What is a sister city?
A sister city, county, or state relationship is a broad-based, long-term partnership between two communities in two countries. A sister city, county, or state relationship is officially recognized after the highest elected or appointed official from both communities sign off on an agreement.
A city may have any number of sister cities, with community involvement ranging from a half dozen to hundreds of volunteers. In addition to volunteers, sister city organizations may include representatives from nonprofits, municipal governments, the private sector, and other civic organizations.
Sister city relationships offer the flexibility to form connections between communities that are mutually beneficial and which address issues that are most relevant for partners.
What is a sister city organization?
A sister city organization is a volunteer group of ordinary citizens who, with the support of their local elected officials, form long-term relationships with people and organizations in a city abroad. Each sister city organization is independent and pursues the activities and thematic areas that are important to them and their community including municipal, business, trade, educational and cultural exchanges with their sister city.
Sister city organizations promote peace through people-to-people relationships—with program offerings varying greatly from basic cultural exchange programs to shared research and development projects between cities with relationships.