Sister Cities International was created at President Eisenhower’s 1956 White House Summit on Citizen Diplomacy, where he envisioned a network that would be a champion for peace and prosperity by fostering bonds between people from different communities around the world. By forming these relationships, President Eisenhower reasoned that people from different cultures could understand, appreciate, and celebrate their differences while building partnerships that would lessen the chance of new conflicts.
The City of Reno established its first sister city relationship in 1974 with the City of Wanganui, New Zealand. Over the years, more relationships have been developed with the intent to promote international goodwill, engage in cultural exchanges, and expand business relations between Reno and those cities.
Reno's Sister Cities
Hatzor is a small agrarian community with a population of 556 people. The “kibbutz”, or communal settlement, is located in southern Israel. Hatzor’s main lines of business are agriculture, industry, and various entrepreneurships.
Wirral is a metropolitan borough located in North West England. It has a population of 320,295 people. Wirral is the ninth largest metropolitan district in the country. Tourism makes up the bulk of Wirral’s economy.
Wanganui, New Zealand
Wanganui, a city located on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand, is surrounded by mountains and beaches. The city has a population of over 43,000 people and its economy is fueled by manufacturing, farming, and engineering.
Udon Thani, Thailand
Udon Thani is the capital of Udon Thani Province. The main economic sectors in Udon Thani are mining, retail, and tourism. The City’s population is roughly 153,000 and it was once the site of one of the largest United States air bases.
Taichung, Republic of China
With a population of over 2.7 million people, Taichung’s motto is “economic, cultural, and international city.” Taichung is an industrial city located on the western side of central Taiwan. Museums and temples make up the bulk of its city center.
San Sebastian, Spain
Located on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, San Sebastian’s main economic activities are commerce and tourism. Due to its close proximity to the French border (12 miles), San Sebastian is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Spain. The city’s population is over 186,000.
Sorrento is a small community of over 16,000 people. The city is located on the north coast of the Sorrentine Peninsula and just across the Bay from Naples. Sorrento is best known for being an international tourist destination. It boasts an extraordinary landscape where the sea, low and high hills, deep valleys, and majestic mountains alternate.
Nanhai District, China
With a population of over 2,588,844 people, Nanhai is known for its advanced manufacturing sector, and is an archipelago of industrial clusters, dedicated to furniture, textiles, appliances, ceramics and the equipment required to make them. The district is located in the central part of the Guandong Province in southeastern China.
2016 City Council Approved Sister Cities
*The City of Reno is currently in the process of taking the necessary steps to develop formal relationships with the following cities.
Panama City, Panama
Panama City, the capital and largest city of the Republic of Panama, is a regional hub of trade and immigration. With a population of more than 8.8 million people, it is often regarded as the most cosmopolitan capital city in Central America. The city boasts an eye-catching skyline and is considered to be an important node in the global economic system. Its economy is heavily weighted toward banking, commerce, and tourism.
The city of Guadalajara boasts stunning architecture, parks, fountains, and tree-lined avenues. With a population of more than 3 million people, Guadalajara is the nation’s second largest metropolis area, and is an important hub for culture, economy, history, industry and religion. Guadalajara is the capital of the state of Jalisco.
Guanajuato is the capital of the state of the same name. Once one of the most influential cities of the colonial period due to its rich mines, the City is currently best known for its Festival Cervantino, an arts festival that draws artists and attendees from around the world. Guanajuato has a population of more than 72,000 people.
Balanga, the capital town of Bataan, is one of the richest towns in its province. Agriculture and fishing make up the bulk of Balanga’s economy. The town is the center of the state’s trade and industry sectors, and the town has a population of over 96,000 people.
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