WHAT IS A SISTER CITY?
In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower created a program that was designed to enhance relationships among cities in the United States and the rest of the world. The desired outcome of this program was to gain knowledge and understanding of foreign cities through community exchanges of cultural and ethnic ideas. Since its establishment, Sister Cities International has supported programs around the nation and has promoted more than 1,200 relationships between 780 cities in the U.S. and cities in 86 other countries. Learn more about sister city programs nationwide by visiting the Sister Cities International website.
What is Grand Rapids Sisters Cities International?
Grand Rapids Sister Cities International (GRSCI) is a non-profit organization that works to build relationships between Grand Rapids and its sister cities by promoting understanding and mutual respect through exchanges in culture, art, education, and community and economic development. More specifically, GRSCI, through an agreement with the City of Grand Rapids, administers Grand Rapids’ sister cities programs and interfaces with state- and nation-wide efforts to bring the culture of other nations home to the citizens of our area. Because of hard work and dedication of our members and volunteers and the Grand Rapids community, we now have five sister cities: Bielsko-Biala, Poland; the Ga District, Ghana; Omihachiman, Japan; Perugia, Italy; and Zapopan, Mexico.