About Sister Cities
The City of Richmond has established important ties and relationships with two Cities as part of the Sister City Program.
In addition, the City has signed a Friendship City Agreement with two Cities in China:
The Sister Cities Program
The Sister City Program fosters mutual understanding and meaningful connections with other cities and cultures in the interests of our citizens for their common benefit, to:
- develop a broad base of activity for Sister City relationships in which many people and organizations in the community participate through planned and on-going contact; and
- engage the Richmond community and its Sister Cities in projects and exchanges that promote cultural awareness and joint learning opportunities.
Promoting Cultural Awareness
Sister City relationships can promote understanding and appreciation through projects that build cross-cultural awareness.
Promoting Joint Learning Opportunities
Sister City relationships can create partnerships through which communities can creatively learn, work and solve problems together through reciprocal educational, municipal, business, professional and technical exchanges and projects.
Sister City Committee
The Sister City Program is coordinated by the Sister City Committee. The Committee has fifteen members, which includes: twelve citizens appointed by Council; one representative of City Council; and one representative of the School District appointed by the School Board.
Vacancies on the Sister Committee are advertised. Applications are reviewed by City staff and a list of applicants is presented to Council for its consideration. Council appoints the successful applicants to the Committee.
The Committee may invite representatives of other organizations or individual citizens to sit on the Committee as associate members without voting rights.
Please see our Sister City Committee - Terms of Reference for details.
2011 Sister City Annual Report