Tyler Sister Cities is a non-profit citizen diplomacy network dedicated to creating partnerships between Tyler, Texas and cities around the world.

Welcome to Tyler Sister Cities!

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Locally, Tyler Sister Cities, Inc., began in 1982-83 through efforts of Dr. George Hamm (then president of the University of Texas at Tyler) to offer a global vision for the East Texas/Tyler community.  Since then, Tyler has “twinned” with five sister cities, four of which are actively engaged with exchange opportunities today.

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, family, student, and corporate.  A board of 20 members represents the Tyler community with ties to issues of economics, education, health care  and culture.  The Board meets monthly at the board room of the Tyler Chamber of Commerce, planning with community input, exchange visits with Sister City delegations and increased visibility of  Sister City issues.  Tyler Sister Cities and Yachiyo City, Japan, jointly cooperate through Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) positions in Yachiyo.

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Tyler Sister Cities is part of Sister Cities International, a flourishing global network of exchanges through arts and culture, fostering economic and community development.
 “Everyone has the power to make a difference.”