Emerging Leaders from Estonia Examine Municipal Leadership and Community Engagement in Fort Worth

Fort Worth, TX — The Congressional Office for International Leadership, an agency of the U.S. Congress, will send a delegation of young professionals from Estonia to Fort Worth from Jan. 26 – Feb. 3, 2024, through the Open World program. The delegation consists of five professionals who will be accompanied by a bicultural facilitator. While in Fort Worth, the COIL program participants will be hosted by Fort Worth Sister Cities International and the City of Fort Worth.

Prior to their arrival in Fort Worth the participants will complete an orientation in Washington, D.C.

In Fort Worth, delegates will collaborate on best practices for municipal leadership and community engagement from local leaders in Fort Worth. Activities, organized by Assistant City Manager Fernando Costa, include visits with city officials, the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Near Southside, Inc., Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., Camp Bowie District, Inc., T3 Partnership, and more. The delegation will stay in the homes of Fort Worth residents who serve as hospitality hosts.

More than 28,000 current and future leaders from post-Soviet era countries have participated in the Open World program. Open World offers one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs to promote mutually beneficial options for depolarized engagement between future national leaders.

Founded in 1999 by Congress, COIL maintains a vast network of more than 28,000 alumni in strategic countries including Russia, Ukraine, and others in the Balkans, Caucuses, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Open World supports legislative diplomacy efforts for Members of Congress by conducting exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between emerging leaders and their U.S. counterparts. Program participants are provided with extensive exposure to American politics, accountable governance, and citizen diplomacy, while being home hosted by American families. To learn more about Open World, please visit www.openworld.gov/.

2024-01-19 12:34

Emerging Leaders from Estonia Examine Municipal Leadership and Community Engagement in Fort Worth

Fort Worth, TX — The Congressional Office for International Leadership, an agency of the U.S. Congress, will send a delegation of young professionals from Estonia to Fort Worth from Jan. 26 – Feb. 3, 2024, through the Open World program. The delegation consists of five professionals who will be accompanied by a bicultural facilitator. While in Fort Worth, the COIL program participants will be hosted by Fort Worth Sister Cities International and the City of Fort Worth.

Prior to their arrival in Fort Worth the participants will complete an orientation in Washington, D.C.

In Fort Worth, delegates will collaborate on best practices for municipal leadership and community engagement from local leaders in Fort Worth. Activities, organized by Assistant City Manager Fernando Costa, include visits with city officials, the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Near Southside, Inc., Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., Camp Bowie District, Inc., T3 Partnership, and more. The delegation will stay in the homes of Fort Worth residents who serve as hospitality hosts.

More than 28,000 current and future leaders from post-Soviet era countries have participated in the Open World program. Open World offers one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs to promote mutually beneficial options for depolarized engagement between future national leaders.

Founded in 1999 by Congress, COIL maintains a vast network of more than 28,000 alumni in strategic countries including Russia, Ukraine, and others in the Balkans, Caucuses, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Open World supports legislative diplomacy efforts for Members of Congress by conducting exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between emerging leaders and their U.S. counterparts. Program participants are provided with extensive exposure to American politics, accountable governance, and citizen diplomacy, while being home hosted by American families. To learn more about Open World, please visit www.openworld.gov/.

Sister Cities Hiring Youth & Education Manager

Job type: full-time

Location: in-person

Salary range: $50,000-$65,000

We are looking for a team-oriented individual with experience in program management who will work under the Director of Exchanges and Outreach to manage youth and education programs.

Duties

  • Manage all Youth & Education programs including Youth Ambassador exchanges, Young Artists and Authors Showcase, Fort Worth Youth International, Global Academic Fellows, Dual Language Enrichment Camp, and summer youth leadership academy in Fort Worth.
  • Supervise youth programs and participants, as well as interns
  • Develop and implement youth programs and initiatives to promote cultural competence awareness and knowledge.
  • Provide administrative support for youth-related activities, including budgeting, scheduling, and volunteer management.
  • Recruit, interview and coordinate final selection of participants.
  • Establish and coordinate itineraries and agendas.
  • Organize orientation and training meetings.
  • Correspond with public, educators, students, parents, sister cities colleagues, youth related organizations, and board members.
  • Collect data to evaluate the effectiveness of educational programs and make recommendations for improvement.

Experience

  • High school education required. Some college preferred.
  • Two years experience in program management or related field.
  • Experience in international business or communication preferred.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to supervise and motivate a team of volunteers.
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong administrative skills with attention to detail and organizational abilities.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

We offer a competitive salary package with benefits including medical, dental, HSA and Simple IRA matching. If you meet the qualifications listed above and are looking for a challenging new opportunity, please apply today by sending a resume and cover letter to beth@fwsistercities.org.

2023-12-11 05:16

Sister Cities Hiring Youth & Education Manager

Job type: full-time

Location: in-person

Salary range: $50,000-$65,000

We are looking for a team-oriented individual with experience in program management who will work under the Director of Exchanges and Outreach to manage youth and education programs.

Duties

  • Manage all Youth & Education programs including Youth Ambassador exchanges, Young Artists and Authors Showcase, Fort Worth Youth International, Global Academic Fellows, Dual Language Enrichment Camp, and summer youth leadership academy in Fort Worth.
  • Supervise youth programs and participants, as well as interns
  • Develop and implement youth programs and initiatives to promote cultural competence awareness and knowledge.
  • Provide administrative support for youth-related activities, including budgeting, scheduling, and volunteer management.
  • Recruit, interview and coordinate final selection of participants.
  • Establish and coordinate itineraries and agendas.
  • Organize orientation and training meetings.
  • Correspond with public, educators, students, parents, sister cities colleagues, youth related organizations, and board members.
  • Collect data to evaluate the effectiveness of educational programs and make recommendations for improvement.

Experience

  • High school education required. Some college preferred.
  • Two years experience in program management or related field.
  • Experience in international business or communication preferred.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to supervise and motivate a team of volunteers.
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong administrative skills with attention to detail and organizational abilities.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

We offer a competitive salary package with benefits including medical, dental, HSA and Simple IRA matching. If you meet the qualifications listed above and are looking for a challenging new opportunity, please apply today by sending a resume and cover letter to beth@fwsistercities.org.

Official delegations from Mexico and Italy

Fort Worth, Texas – Visiting delegations hosted by Sister Cities

Fort Worth Sister Cities International hosted two delegations in November from Fort Worth’s sister cities Toluca, Mexico and Reggio Emilia, Italy.

While in Fort Worth, the groups visited with Fort Worth City Council members and Mayor Parker, as well as, several businesses and cultural sites to learn about Fort Worth and how to engage our cities in mutually beneficial endeavors.

Led by State Congresswoman Monica Gaytan, the Toluca delegation toured the Cultural District and Stockyards, attended the Mayor’s International Dinner in celebration of 25 years of partnership between Fort Worth and Toluca, and participated in the Dia de los Muertos Parade organized by Artes de la Rosa.

“We were thrilled to welcome our guests and show them what Fort Worth has to offer, as well as to celebrate 25 years of friendship which is something to be valued and is more important today than ever before,” said Wilma Lopez, Toluca Chair.

Led by Mayor Luca Vecchi, the Reggio Emilia delegation engaged in several special interest meetings and tours with Mrs. Renfro’s, Dickies Arena, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.

“This visit to Fort Worth is just the beginning of continued growth. The business counterpart meetings created value and experience to think and grow connections internationally,” said Reggio Emilia Chair Sian Borne.

These exchanges would not be possible without the support of volunteers from our city committees. A huge thank you to the members of our Toluca Committee and Reggio Emilia Committee for welcoming our visitors with open arms.

Interested in volunteering for a committee? Email beth@fwsistercities.org.

2023-11-27 10:23

Official delegations from Mexico and Italy

Fort Worth, Texas – Visiting delegations hosted by Sister Cities

Fort Worth Sister Cities International hosted two delegations in November from Fort Worth’s sister cities Toluca, Mexico and Reggio Emilia, Italy.

While in Fort Worth, the groups visited with Fort Worth City Council members and Mayor Parker, as well as, several businesses and cultural sites to learn about Fort Worth and how to engage our cities in mutually beneficial endeavors.

Led by State Congresswoman Monica Gaytan, the Toluca delegation toured the Cultural District and Stockyards, attended the Mayor’s International Dinner in celebration of 25 years of partnership between Fort Worth and Toluca, and participated in the Dia de los Muertos Parade organized by Artes de la Rosa.

“We were thrilled to welcome our guests and show them what Fort Worth has to offer, as well as to celebrate 25 years of friendship which is something to be valued and is more important today than ever before,” said Wilma Lopez, Toluca Chair.

Led by Mayor Luca Vecchi, the Reggio Emilia delegation engaged in several special interest meetings and tours with Mrs. Renfro’s, Dickies Arena, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.

“This visit to Fort Worth is just the beginning of continued growth. The business counterpart meetings created value and experience to think and grow connections internationally,” said Reggio Emilia Chair Sian Borne.

These exchanges would not be possible without the support of volunteers from our city committees. A huge thank you to the members of our Toluca Committee and Reggio Emilia Committee for welcoming our visitors with open arms.

Interested in volunteering for a committee? Email beth@fwsistercities.org.

Sister Cities Hiring Accounting Manager

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $55,000 – $75,000 per year

Location: in person office in Fort Worth

We are looking for a team-oriented individual with experience in accounting and bookkeeping who will work alongside the President/CEO to manage the resources for this highly effective non-profit. We are looking for a skilled individual to maintain our financial records, including accounts payables and receivables. This individual will work closely with leadership to create and analyze financial reports.

Duties:

  • Manage the daily operations of accounting
  • Oversee accounts payable and receivable, and ensure timely payments
  • Create invoices, handle payroll and assist with HR duties
  • Prepare budgets and forecasts for the organization’s financial performance
  • Manage Finance Committee

Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance required
  • 3-5 years of experience in accounting or finance
  • Experience with non-profit finance
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously

We offer a competitive salary package with benefits including medical, dental, HSA and Simple IRA matching. If you meet the qualifications listed above and are looking for a challenging new opportunity in accounting management, please apply today by sending a resume and cover letter to amy@fwsistercities.org.

Young Professionals From Kazakhstan Examine Response To Domestic Violence In Fort Worth

Fort Worth, TX — The Congressional Office for International Leadership, an agency of the U.S. Congress, will send a delegation of young professionals from Kazakhstan to Fort Worth from April 7-15, 2023, through the Open World program. The delegation consists of five professionals who will be accompanied by a bicultural facilitator and an interpreter. While in Fort Worth, the COIL program participants will be hosted by Fort Worth Sister Cities International.

Prior to their arrival in Fort Worth the participants will complete an orientation in Washington, D.C.

In Fort Worth, delegates will collaborate on best practices for law enforcement and social services response to domestic violence from local leaders in Fort Worth. Activities include visits to One Safe Place, the Fort Worth Police Department, Alliance for Children, the District Attorney’s Office, SafeHaven of Tarrant County and more. The delegation will stay in the homes of Fort Worth residents who serve as hospitality hosts.

More than 28,000 current and future leaders from post-Soviet era countries have participated in the Open World program. Open World offers one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs to promote mutually beneficial options for depolarized engagement between future national leaders.

Founded in 1999 by Congress, COIL maintains a vast network of more than 28,000 alumni in strategic countries including Russia, Ukraine, and others in the Balkans, Caucuses, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Open World supports legislative diplomacy efforts for Members of Congress by conducting exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between emerging leaders and their U.S. counterparts. Program participants are provided with extensive exposure to American politics, accountable governance, and citizen diplomacy, while being home hosted by American families. To learn more about Open World, please visit www.openworld.gov/.

2023-03-27 04:44

Young Professionals From Kazakhstan Examine Response To Domestic Violence In Fort Worth

Fort Worth, TX — The Congressional Office for International Leadership, an agency of the U.S. Congress, will send a delegation of young professionals from Kazakhstan to Fort Worth from April 7-15, 2023, through the Open World program. The delegation consists of five professionals who will be accompanied by a bicultural facilitator and an interpreter. While in Fort Worth, the COIL program participants will be hosted by Fort Worth Sister Cities International.

Prior to their arrival in Fort Worth the participants will complete an orientation in Washington, D.C.

In Fort Worth, delegates will collaborate on best practices for law enforcement and social services response to domestic violence from local leaders in Fort Worth. Activities include visits to One Safe Place, the Fort Worth Police Department, Alliance for Children, the District Attorney’s Office, SafeHaven of Tarrant County and more. The delegation will stay in the homes of Fort Worth residents who serve as hospitality hosts.

More than 28,000 current and future leaders from post-Soviet era countries have participated in the Open World program. Open World offers one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs to promote mutually beneficial options for depolarized engagement between future national leaders.

Founded in 1999 by Congress, COIL maintains a vast network of more than 28,000 alumni in strategic countries including Russia, Ukraine, and others in the Balkans, Caucuses, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Open World supports legislative diplomacy efforts for Members of Congress by conducting exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between emerging leaders and their U.S. counterparts. Program participants are provided with extensive exposure to American politics, accountable governance, and citizen diplomacy, while being home hosted by American families. To learn more about Open World, please visit www.openworld.gov/.

Seeking Community Engagement Manager

In an increasingly divided world, Fort Worth Sister Cities International brings individuals, cultures and countries together for the benefit of all. We manage the City of Fort Worth’s nine sister city relationships around the world. No other organization in Fort Worth promotes global understanding, as well as builds and sustains international relationships the way we do and you could be part of making that happen.

We are looking for a team-oriented individual with experience in development and marketing who will work alongside the President/CEO to tell our story. This high-level position requires an individual who is a highly competent enabler of volunteers and who can develop innovative communications and development plans. This individual should also possesses excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.

The amount of knowledge required would typically be acquired in a bachelor’s degree and minimum 3-5 years fundraising and marketing experience in a professional position. The individual is expected to:

  • Translate goals into achievable outcomes
  • Help set and manage expectations
  • Plan and implement a fund development program
  • Plan and implement a marketing plan
  • Establish relationships with CEO, board, volunteers, donors and the public
  • Plan and meet deadlines while maintaining a flexible work schedule
  • Demonstrate initiative and work as a team player
  • Graphic design, event planning and CRM software management experience a plus

If you want to join this internationally recognized and awarded team to promote Fort Worth around the world, send your resume and cover letter to amy@fwsistercities.org.

2023-03-17 11:38

Seeking Community Engagement Manager

In an increasingly divided world, Fort Worth Sister Cities International brings individuals, cultures and countries together for the benefit of all. We manage the City of Fort Worth’s nine sister city relationships around the world. No other organization in Fort Worth promotes global understanding, as well as builds and sustains international relationships the way we do and you could be part of making that happen.

We are looking for a team-oriented individual with experience in development and marketing who will work alongside the President/CEO to tell our story. This high-level position requires an individual who is a highly competent enabler of volunteers and who can develop innovative communications and development plans. This individual should also possesses excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.

The amount of knowledge required would typically be acquired in a bachelor’s degree and minimum 3-5 years fundraising and marketing experience in a professional position. The individual is expected to:

  • Translate goals into achievable outcomes
  • Help set and manage expectations
  • Plan and implement a fund development program
  • Plan and implement a marketing plan
  • Establish relationships with CEO, board, volunteers, donors and the public
  • Plan and meet deadlines while maintaining a flexible work schedule
  • Demonstrate initiative and work as a team player
  • Graphic design, event planning and CRM software management experience a plus

If you want to join this internationally recognized and awarded team to promote Fort Worth around the world, send your resume and cover letter to amy@fwsistercities.org.

Sister Cities Hiring Part-Time Positions

Fort Worth Sister Cities International is seeking two energetic individuals to work part-time from January to August on the International Leadership Academy and the Tricolore Youth Sports Games.

International Leadership Academy Coordinator

The International Leadership Academy Coordinator executes and administers the International Leadership Academy, a dynamic, two-week international issues forum and leadership development program for high school students, and the Jr. International Leadership Academy, a weeklong program for middle school students. Both programs will take place in the summer of 2023.

Pay: $1,000/month

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with leadership and staff on all aspects of ILA/JILA including planning daily activities
  • Train and supervise Fort Worth and international interns
  • Maintain roster of all participants with accurate and up to date information
  • Communicate with parents and students about deadlines and logistical details
  • Oversee acquisition of all supplies including official t-shirts
  • Assist leaders with training sessions for local students
  • Manage all collateral and marketing pieces
  • Organize arrival and departure of all international participants
  • Recruit host families and manage home hosting experiences for international delegates
  • Provide 24/7 on-call service during ILA
  • Oversee program evaluation and wrap up

Job Requirements

  • High school education or similar
  • Project management experience
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Good organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Familiarity with Office Suite, Dropbox and Google Forms

Applicants may send resume and cover letter to beth@fwsistercities.org.

Tricolore Games Coordinator

The Tricolore Games Coordinator provides logistical support for the Tricolore Youth Sports Games, held every four years in Fort Worth’s sister city, Reggio Emilia, Italy, an Olympic-style youth sports competition to foster peace and unity among people. The Tricolore Games will take place July 22-30, 2023.

Pay: $500/month

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with leadership and staff on all aspects Tricolore Games
  • Maintain roster of all participants with accurate and up to date information
  • Oversee management and acquisition of all supplies, including delegate uniforms
  • Assist leaders with pre-exchange training sessions for local students
  • Manage departure and return of all participants
  • Coordinate travel logistics
  • Oversee program evaluation and coordinate post-exchange recognition & celebration

Job Requirements

  • High school education or similar
  • Project management experience
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Good organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Familiarity with Office Suite, Dropbox and Google Forms

Applicants may send resume and cover letter to beth@fwsistercities.org.  

2022-10-19 10:32

Sister Cities Hiring Part-Time Positions

Fort Worth Sister Cities International is seeking two energetic individuals to work part-time from January to August on the International Leadership Academy and the Tricolore Youth Sports Games.

International Leadership Academy Coordinator

The International Leadership Academy Coordinator executes and administers the International Leadership Academy, a dynamic, two-week international issues forum and leadership development program for high school students, and the Jr. International Leadership Academy, a weeklong program for middle school students. Both programs will take place in the summer of 2023.

Pay: $1,000/month

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with leadership and staff on all aspects of ILA/JILA including planning daily activities
  • Train and supervise Fort Worth and international interns
  • Maintain roster of all participants with accurate and up to date information
  • Communicate with parents and students about deadlines and logistical details
  • Oversee acquisition of all supplies including official t-shirts
  • Assist leaders with training sessions for local students
  • Manage all collateral and marketing pieces
  • Organize arrival and departure of all international participants
  • Recruit host families and manage home hosting experiences for international delegates
  • Provide 24/7 on-call service during ILA
  • Oversee program evaluation and wrap up

Job Requirements

  • High school education or similar
  • Project management experience
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Good organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Familiarity with Office Suite, Dropbox and Google Forms

Applicants may send resume and cover letter to beth@fwsistercities.org.

Tricolore Games Coordinator

The Tricolore Games Coordinator provides logistical support for the Tricolore Youth Sports Games, held every four years in Fort Worth’s sister city, Reggio Emilia, Italy, an Olympic-style youth sports competition to foster peace and unity among people. The Tricolore Games will take place July 22-30, 2023.

Pay: $500/month

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with leadership and staff on all aspects Tricolore Games
  • Maintain roster of all participants with accurate and up to date information
  • Oversee management and acquisition of all supplies, including delegate uniforms
  • Assist leaders with pre-exchange training sessions for local students
  • Manage departure and return of all participants
  • Coordinate travel logistics
  • Oversee program evaluation and coordinate post-exchange recognition & celebration

Job Requirements

  • High school education or similar
  • Project management experience
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Good organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Familiarity with Office Suite, Dropbox and Google Forms

Applicants may send resume and cover letter to beth@fwsistercities.org.  

Judges from Serbia Examine Rule of Law in Fort Worth

Fort Worth, TX — The Congressional Office for International Leadership, an agency of the U.S. Congress, will send a delegation of judges from Serbia to Fort Worth from Sept. 9-17, 2022, through the Open World program. The delegation consists of five professionals who will be accompanied by a bicultural facilitator and an interpreter. While in Fort Worth, the COIL program participants will be hosted by Fort Worth Sister Cities International.

Prior to their arrival in Fort Worth the participants will complete an orientation in Washington, D.C.

In Fort Worth, delegates will collaborate on best practices for rule of law and criminal proceedings with local leaders in Fort Worth including Judge Mark Pittman, Judge Jeff Cureton, Judge Robb Catalano, and Chief Justice Bonnie Sudderth. Activities include visits to the U.S. District Court, Criminal District Court No. 3, the Second Court of Appeals, the District Attorney’s office, and the Texas A&M University School of Law. The delegation will stay in the homes of Fort Worth residents who serve as hospitality hosts.

More than 28,000 current and future leaders from post-Soviet era countries have participated in the Open World program. Open World offers one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs to promote mutually beneficial options for depolarized engagement between future national leaders.

Founded in 1999 by Congress, COIL maintains a vast network of more than 28,000 alumni in strategic countries including Russia, Ukraine, and others in the Balkans, Caucuses, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Open World supports legislative diplomacy efforts for Members of Congress by conducting exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between emerging leaders and their U.S. counterparts. Program participants are provided with extensive exposure to American politics, accountable governance, and citizen diplomacy, while being home hosted by American families. To learn more about Open World, please visit www.openworld.gov/.

2022-08-19 10:47

Judges from Serbia Examine Rule of Law in Fort Worth

Fort Worth, TX — The Congressional Office for International Leadership, an agency of the U.S. Congress, will send a delegation of judges from Serbia to Fort Worth from Sept. 9-17, 2022, through the Open World program. The delegation consists of five professionals who will be accompanied by a bicultural facilitator and an interpreter. While in Fort Worth, the COIL program participants will be hosted by Fort Worth Sister Cities International.

Prior to their arrival in Fort Worth the participants will complete an orientation in Washington, D.C.

In Fort Worth, delegates will collaborate on best practices for rule of law and criminal proceedings with local leaders in Fort Worth including Judge Mark Pittman, Judge Jeff Cureton, Judge Robb Catalano, and Chief Justice Bonnie Sudderth. Activities include visits to the U.S. District Court, Criminal District Court No. 3, the Second Court of Appeals, the District Attorney’s office, and the Texas A&M University School of Law. The delegation will stay in the homes of Fort Worth residents who serve as hospitality hosts.

More than 28,000 current and future leaders from post-Soviet era countries have participated in the Open World program. Open World offers one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs to promote mutually beneficial options for depolarized engagement between future national leaders.

Founded in 1999 by Congress, COIL maintains a vast network of more than 28,000 alumni in strategic countries including Russia, Ukraine, and others in the Balkans, Caucuses, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Open World supports legislative diplomacy efforts for Members of Congress by conducting exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between emerging leaders and their U.S. counterparts. Program participants are provided with extensive exposure to American politics, accountable governance, and citizen diplomacy, while being home hosted by American families. To learn more about Open World, please visit www.openworld.gov/.

Leaders from the Republic of Georgia Examine Urban Planning in Fort Worth

Fort Worth, TX — The Congressional Office for International Leadership, an agency of the U.S. Congress, will send a delegation of urban planners from the Republic of Georgia to Fort Worth from July 22-30, 2022, through the Open World program. The delegation consists of five professionals who will be accompanied by a bicultural facilitator and an interpreter. While in Fort Worth, the COIL program participants will be hosted by Fort Worth Sister Cities International and the City of Fort Worth through a team led by Assistant City Manager Fernando Costa.

Prior to their arrival in Fort Worth the participants will complete an orientation in Washington, D.C.

In Fort Worth, delegates will collaborate on best practices for urban planning and preservation with city staff and local leaders in Fort Worth. Additional activities include visits to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Near Southside, Inc, and Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. The delegation will stay in the homes of Fort Worth residents who serve as hospitality hosts.

More than 28,000 current and future leaders from post-Soviet era countries have participated in the Open World program. Open World offers one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs to promote mutually beneficial options for depolarized engagement between future national leaders.

Founded in 1999 by Congress, the Open World program, administered by the Congressional Office for International Leadership, maintains a vast network of more than 28,000 alumni in strategic countries including Russia, Ukraine, and others in the Balkans, Caucuses, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Open World supports legislative diplomacy efforts for Members of Congress by conducting exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between emerging leaders and their U.S. counterparts. Program participants are provided with extensive exposure to American politics, accountable governance, and citizen diplomacy, while being home hosted by American families. To learn more about Open World, please visit www.openworld.gov/.

2022-06-22 10:34

Leaders from the Republic of Georgia Examine Urban Planning in Fort Worth

Fort Worth, TX — The Congressional Office for International Leadership, an agency of the U.S. Congress, will send a delegation of urban planners from the Republic of Georgia to Fort Worth from July 22-30, 2022, through the Open World program. The delegation consists of five professionals who will be accompanied by a bicultural facilitator and an interpreter. While in Fort Worth, the COIL program participants will be hosted by Fort Worth Sister Cities International and the City of Fort Worth through a team led by Assistant City Manager Fernando Costa.

Prior to their arrival in Fort Worth the participants will complete an orientation in Washington, D.C.

In Fort Worth, delegates will collaborate on best practices for urban planning and preservation with city staff and local leaders in Fort Worth. Additional activities include visits to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Near Southside, Inc, and Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. The delegation will stay in the homes of Fort Worth residents who serve as hospitality hosts.

More than 28,000 current and future leaders from post-Soviet era countries have participated in the Open World program. Open World offers one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs to promote mutually beneficial options for depolarized engagement between future national leaders.

Founded in 1999 by Congress, the Open World program, administered by the Congressional Office for International Leadership, maintains a vast network of more than 28,000 alumni in strategic countries including Russia, Ukraine, and others in the Balkans, Caucuses, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Open World supports legislative diplomacy efforts for Members of Congress by conducting exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between emerging leaders and their U.S. counterparts. Program participants are provided with extensive exposure to American politics, accountable governance, and citizen diplomacy, while being home hosted by American families. To learn more about Open World, please visit www.openworld.gov/.

Fort Worth Wins Innovation Award for Business and Trade

HOUSTON, TX – Fort Worth, Texas has won the Sister Cities International 2019 Innovation Award for Business and Trade for a city with a population greater than 100,000. The awards competition, which is open to over 500 sister city programs nationwide, recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and community sister city programs that are promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation.

In the fall of 2018, Fort Worth Sister Cities International and Wild Acre Brewing Co. collaborated with the city of Trier, Germany to introduce the first-ever collaborative beer at the 5th annual Oktoberfest in Fort Worth. The brew master from German-based Kraft Bräu brewery in Trier attended and tapped the keg of the collaborative beer called Wild Acre Kraft Haus Lager. Similarly, Fort Worth companies Best Maid Pickles and Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. both found a natural partner in Nagaoka, Japan. Both companies brought samples of their products to Japan and a tasting was arranged with members of Nagaoka’s Chamber of Commerce small business group.

“We all stand to learn from these superstar Sister City programs as they impact their communities across a broad range of sectors that include business entrepreneurship, youth leadership, and arts and culture,” said Roger-Mark De Souza, Sister Cities International’s President & CEO. “These individuals and local organizations inspire us to be better citizens as their work exemplifies President Eisenhower’s vision of engaged international citizen diplomats. They create beneficial connections and lasting relationships which will help their communities today and for years to come.”

Sister Cities International Annual Awards recognize excellence in overall programming and highlight key innovations in arts and culture; business and trade; humanitarian assistance; youth and education; and professional and technical exchange categories. All award winners were honored during Sister Cities International’s 2019 Annual Conference from July 17-19 in Houston, Texas.

2019-07-25 09:46

Fort Worth Wins Innovation Award for Business and Trade

HOUSTON, TX – Fort Worth, Texas has won the Sister Cities International 2019 Innovation Award for Business and Trade for a city with a population greater than 100,000. The awards competition, which is open to over 500 sister city programs nationwide, recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and community sister city programs that are promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation.

In the fall of 2018, Fort Worth Sister Cities International and Wild Acre Brewing Co. collaborated with the city of Trier, Germany to introduce the first-ever collaborative beer at the 5th annual Oktoberfest in Fort Worth. The brew master from German-based Kraft Bräu brewery in Trier attended and tapped the keg of the collaborative beer called Wild Acre Kraft Haus Lager. Similarly, Fort Worth companies Best Maid Pickles and Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. both found a natural partner in Nagaoka, Japan. Both companies brought samples of their products to Japan and a tasting was arranged with members of Nagaoka’s Chamber of Commerce small business group.

“We all stand to learn from these superstar Sister City programs as they impact their communities across a broad range of sectors that include business entrepreneurship, youth leadership, and arts and culture,” said Roger-Mark De Souza, Sister Cities International’s President & CEO. “These individuals and local organizations inspire us to be better citizens as their work exemplifies President Eisenhower’s vision of engaged international citizen diplomats. They create beneficial connections and lasting relationships which will help their communities today and for years to come.”

Sister Cities International Annual Awards recognize excellence in overall programming and highlight key innovations in arts and culture; business and trade; humanitarian assistance; youth and education; and professional and technical exchange categories. All award winners were honored during Sister Cities International’s 2019 Annual Conference from July 17-19 in Houston, Texas.