Since 1985, Fort Worth has benefited from a Sister Cities program that promotes international education, exchange and commerce. At the 2018 Sister Cities International Annual Conference in Aurora, Colo., Fort Worth was recognized as the best overall program in the nation for the ninth time.
“We are pleased to recognize Fort Worth Sister Cities International for its outstanding achievements in citizen diplomacy,” said Roger-Mark de Souza, president and CEO of Sister Cities International. “Our winning programs demonstrate real impact in their own cities and around the world — and we could not be prouder of their efforts.”
The awards competition, which was open to more than 500 similar programs nationwide, recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding sister city organizations that are promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation. Fort Worth Sister Cities’ selection was partly based on community involvement and engagement.
“My congratulations to Sister Cities on receiving this impressive award,” said Mayor Betsy Price. “Fort Worth is a growing hub for international commerce and creativity, and that’s one place where Sister Cities comes in. Business begins with relationships, and Sister Cities does an incredible job at nurturing interactions and friendships.”
Founded by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International serves as the national membership organization for 500 communities with more than 2,000 partnerships in more than 140 countries on six continents.
Fort Worth Sister Cities was established in 1985 and has eight sister cities. Fort Worth will add its ninth sister city, Nîmes, France, in 2019.