A sister city organization is a volunteer group of ordinary citizens who, with the support of their local elected officials, form long-term relationships with people and organizations in a city abroad.
Each sister city organization is independent and pursues the activities and thematic areas that are important to them and their community including municipal, business, trade, educational and cultural exchanges with their sister city.
Sister city organizations promote peace through people-to-people relationships—with program offerings varying greatly from basic cultural exchange programs to shared research and development projects between cities with relationships.
Prescott Sister Cities
Prescott has three active Sister City connections, each with its own structure, organization and separate goals and events:
State Sister Cities
Arizona Sister Cities is an important resource in the negotiations of governments in letting the people themselves give expression of their common desire for friendship, goodwill and cooperation … for a better world for all.
Sister Cities International
Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan nonprofit serving as the national membership organization for 545 U.S. sister cities, counties, and states with 2,121 partnerships in 145 countries on six continents. This network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers.
Sister Cities Events
Prescott Sister Cities Association is hosting a series of informative lectures at the Prescott Public Library.
Entitled “A Tale of Three Cities”, it will feature Caborca, Mexico, our first Sister City created in 1972; Suchitoto, El Salvador; and Zeitz, Germany, our newest Sister City established in 2013. All three Sister City groups operate under the umbrella of the City of Prescott.
The first talk and slide show in the series will be held on Thursday, Aug. 18th, at 6:30 pm in the Founders Suite of the library. It will showcase Suchitoto in El Salvador. Since the formation of this Sister City in 2006, two separate trips have been taken to El Salvador by nearly fifty students of NorthPoint Charter School. In addition, an ambulance donated by LifeLine Ambulance Co.was delivered to the people of Suchitoto in 2010. Plans are underway to sponsor the visit here of several Suchitoto students in 2017.
The second lecture will be Nov. 10th and will feature the city of Zeitz, Germany, while the last one will be in Feb. of next year, focusing on our relationship with Caborca, Mexico.