Sister City relationships are formed in many different ways. Sometimes it’s a top-down process, where mayors meet and become friends, then involve the rest of their community. Other times, it’s a bottom-up process where a group or individual in the community, an educator, a businessman/woman, a service club or an ethnic association, take the lead and organize a sister city committee, then request that their elected leaders form an official partnership.
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Our first Sister City was Reggio Emilia, Italy. The first inbound exchange took place in 1986 when Fort Worth invited and hosted 135 runners from Reggio Emilia to run in the Cowtown Marathon. Just a year later, Fort Worth signed two new sister city partnerships; Trier, Germany and Nagaoka, Japan. In 1990, Fort Worth become the first US city to form a sister city partnership with a city in Indonesia. We also signed Budapest, Hungary as our fifth sister city that same year.
In 1998, Fort Worth added a sixth city; our neighbor to the south, Toluca, Mexico. In 2004, the organization added its seventh sister city, Mbabane, Swaziland that began with a truly beneficial humanitarian assistance project through the Wheelchairs for Peace program. Through this program, Fort Worth was able to send a container of 280 wheelchairs to Mbabane.
In 2011, Fort Worth entered into its eighth sister city relationship with Guiyang, China. Together with our sister cities, we have celebrated some truly amazing accomplishments. Visit our history page to read more.
The Fort Worth community is a vital part of the Sister Cities organization. Joining is easy and the programs are educational and fun for all ages. Visit our membership page for more information.