Irving Sister Cities
Sister Cities International began in 1956 in the wave after World War II as a people-to-people initiative. Proposed by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, the organization originated with aid programs assisting war-devastated cities.
Today’s Sister Cities initiative has matured into a flourishing global network. Sister Cities partners engage in exchange and community development programs spanning a host of issues: arts and culture, economic development, humanitarian assistance, sustainable development and youth and recreation.
Irving Sister Cities International (ISCI) is a division of the Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce. ISCI benefits the entire Irving community–individuals, businesses, schools and universities, and cultural and fraternal organizations. ISCI has sister cities in Merton, England; Espoo, Finland; Boulogne-Billancourt, France; Marino, Italy; Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico; Darkhan, Darkhan; and Uul Mongolia.
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 North Texas.
- 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.
Sister Cities 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 U.S. 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.