Merton, England / Espoo, Finland / Boulogne-Billancourt, France / Marino, Italy / Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico / Darkhan, Darkhan Uul Mongolia & Irving, Texas!

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Irving Chamber and Incehon Chamber–Agreement Signing Ceremony

What Is Sister Cities?

Sister Cities International began in 1956 as a people-to-people initiative proposed by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Born during the aftermath of the Second World War, the sister city movement originated with aid programs assisting war-devastated cities.

Today’s sister city movement has matured into a flourishing global network. No two sister city relationships are alike. Sister city partners engage in exchange and community development programs spanning a host of issues: Arts and Culture / Economic Development / Humanitarian Assistance / Sustainable Development / Youth and Recreation.

How Does Irving Benefit?

Irving Sister Cities International (ISCI) is a division of the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce. ISCI benefits the entire Irving community–individuals, businesses, schools and universities, and cultural and fraternal organizations.

ISCI is building relationships that:

  • Enable Irving to develop municipal partnerships between foreign cities with similar interests, concerns, and outlooks.
  • Provide opportunities for Irving citizens to experience and explore other cultures through long-term community partnerships.
  • Stimulate environments through which Irving and its sister communities will creatively learn, work and solve problems together through reciprocal cultural, educational, municipal, business, professional, and technical exchanges and projects.
  • Provide a forum to collaborate with organizations in other countries that share similar goals.
  • Enhance Irving’s international reputation as the gateway to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
  • Serve as a protocol resource for the city of Irving.
  • Attract international businesses, students, and tourists to Irving.
  • Provide unparalleled educational opportunities for our children and students of all ages.
Where Do You Fit In?

ISCI needs your participation, your energy, your commitment, and above all, your enthusiasm. Sister City members, as volunteers, are a community’s citizen diplomats. Whether you are a sponsor or a volunteer, your involvement is crucial to our success.

When you become a member of ISCI, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Exchange culture, art, and language with your counterparts in other countries.
  • Connect with other member cities in the USA via Sister Cities International in Washington, D.C.
  • Attend international conferences, take part in international festivals, and serve as a host for international visitors.
  • Network with businesses throughout the world and at home.
  • Participate in a wide range of programs and cultural exchanges.
  • Get your own civic club, cultural organization, or arts group involved in a wide array of international partnerships and activities.
  • Learn about your neighbors throughout the world…and even more about yourself.
International Trade Development and Assistance Center

The objective for the Center is to facilitate implementation of business information and assistance between companies in Irving and the international community. The Center complements and expands the Irving Sister Cities program to become more focused on international business development. The initial focus is directed in Mexico (Texas’ number one trading partner) but will soon expand to additional markets such as Asia. The Center has established an International Trade Program for Irving including:

    • Conducting trade missions from Irving as well as reverse trade missions
    • Targeting specific sectors or markets to facilitate matchmaking activities
    • Conducting information and training seminars on “How to do Business” in foreign markets

The Center is managed by experienced international executives and is leveraging the bi-national infrastructure of the U.S.-Mexico Chamber already established with eight offices in the United States and eight offices in Mexico.

Irving-Las Colinas EB-5 Regional Center

The EB-5 Center was established in 2012 in order to attract foreign direct Investment to Irving.  This U.S. Federal Government program provides a low cost finance option that can be used to complement the funding and development of corporate as well as private and public infrastructure projects in a specified community.  In essence, the program is an employment-based visa program that allows foreign investors the opportunity of residence in the U.S. when they invest at least $1 million ($0.5 million in targeted employment areas) in selected projects that meet development and employment creation criteria.  Given the projects, the program provides an ideal strategy for a community to enhance its development and derive positive economic impact.

Learn more about the EB-5 Regional Center

Please Join Us!

Membership is open to all interested individuals, families, students, businesses, and organizations in Irving and throughout the Metroplex. You do not have to be a member of the Chamber to join and the dues are reasonable for individuals and organizations alike. Whatever your skills or whatever your talents, we have a place for you in Irving Sister Cities International.


INTERESTED IN ESTABLISHING A PRESENCE IN THE JAPANESE MARKET?

Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) is seeking to match companies in the U.S. South Central region with potential Japanese business partners. The “JETRO Zone Exhibit Invitation Program” focuses on several major trade shows to be held in Japan. Selected companies will be provided with booth space to exhibit their products, and will also be given the opportunity to make a presentation at seminars to be held at each of the shows. Some programs include round trip airfare to Japan, hotel accommodations, booth rental, and other services paid for by the Japanese government.

For more information, contact Keith Sanders (JETRO) at 713.654.5258 or keith_sanders@jetro.go.jp.