About Tyler Sister Cities

Since the creation of Tyler Sister Cities in 1982-83, Tyler has “twinned” with five sister cities, four of which are actively engaged with exchange opportunities today.  Read the History of Tyler Sister Cities.

Yachiyo City, Japan; Jelenia Gora, Poland; Liberia, Costa Rica; San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and Lo Barnechea, Chile are currently involved in the Tyler Sister Cities program, offering citizen-to-citizen visits and friendship ties. We are currently exploring the possibility of twinning with Qujing, China. Metz, France, the original Sister partner, accepted ties with larger communities matching its own city population and development.

Sister Cities International, of which Tyler Sister Cities is a member, was begun by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower as a people to people personal diplomacy project in 1956.

Sister Cities International represents about 2,400 communities involved with 130 countries around the world. International headquarters are in Washington, D.C. The larger mission statement holds that “Everyone has the power to make a difference.” Our focus is not just on “high level exchanges behind closed doors among political leaders, but citizen diplomacy on a personal level” through Sister City relationships.

Tyler Sister Cities, Inc., has an open membership policy with a modest dues structure for support from individuals, families, students, and corporate members. A board of 20 members represents the Tyler community with ties to business, education, health care and culture. The Board meets monthly, to plan with community input, exchange visits with Sister City delegations and increase visibility of Sister City issues. Tyler Sister Cities and the Yachiyo Board of Education, jointly cooperate to provide Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) positions in Yachiyo, Japan.

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Sister Cities International Meeting

Sister Cities International Meeting

Dr. Teresa Kennedy at 2017 SCI Meeting with Tyler City flag

Dr. Teresa Kennedy at 2017 SCI Meeting with Tyler City flag