Glendale Sister Cities Program
February 19, 2018
There’s little doubt you’ve at least heard the term “sister city” before. In brief, the idea is that two cities form a sort of bond, with the end goal being cultural exchange and enrichment between the two. If you’re a resident of the apartments in Glendale, CA and find the concept intriguing, you will be pleased to learn that the town has been taking its sister city program seriously, adding links around the world and embracing what it means to be a true sister city. Which urban areas are counted among this program? What news has been brewing about the exchange between Glendale and its global siblings? Read on, as we explore and bring to light some details you might not have known.
Going In Detail: The Sister Cities Program
To start off on the right foot, it might first be a good idea to get a clear picture of what a sister city is. For that, we turn to Sister Cities International, the network hub:
“A sister city, county, or state relationship is a broad-based, long-term partnership between two communities in two countries. A sister city, county, or state relationship is officially recognized after the highest elected or appointed official from both communities sign off on an agreement.”
Key among the sister city concept is that a city in the program can have any number of sister cities, that the level of community involvement between two cities in the program can be large or small, and that the involvement can include non-profit organizations, municipal governments, private sector businesses, civic organizations, and the like.
The connections they form are mutually beneficial -- relevant to both partners -- and the representatives of the program are volunteer groups of ordinary individuals, independent of one another. This allows for flexibility in the program, and gives them the power to hone in on the issues that are most important to them. You can learn more at the Sister Cities International FAQ, where they break down the burning questions, like the way organizations are structured and how they are operated.
Now, time for a bit of history. Sister Cities International was created in 1956, a part of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s 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.” To this end, Sister Cities International has worked to help forge the bonds between ordinary people from around the world, with the hopes that people around the world can embrace the other’s cultures, lessening the possibility of sparking global conflict.
As for the benefits afforded by the sister cities program, they provide opportunities for development in the areas of education, arts, culture, business, and community. Members can enjoy student exchanges at different levels of education, enjoy sports tournaments between themselves, experience the culture (art, music, parks, festivals, etc.) of sister cities, forge international business connections, and share innovative techniques for improving their cities as a whole.
You can see examples of this, courtesy of City Lab. Charleston, South Carolina, for instance, has a bustling Italian festival on account of its partnership with Spoleto, Italy. Tempe, Arizona hosts an annual Oktoberfest due to its relationship with Regensburg, Germany. Even Salisbury, Mariland and Tartu, Estonia have a deal, that promotes the exchange of cyber-security best practices.
If it all strikes you as a gigantic, worldwide learning experience, that’s because it is. The sister cities program provides one of the most expansive networks for large communities across the globe to connect and enrich one another, which is why it is so heartening that Glendale has been making good use of the program to help its residents.
What Has The Glendale Sister Cities Program Been Up To?
For its part, Glendale has been working to expand its network of sister cities in recent years. You’ll recall back in 2016, Glendale added two new sisters -- Santiago De Los Caballeros and Boeun-gun -- bringing the total number of Glendale’s sisters to nine. The complete list of sister cities is as follows:
- Higashiosaka, Japan
- Tlaquepaque, Mexico
- Rosarito, Mexico
- Ghapan, Armenia
- Gyumri, Armenia
- Boeun-gun, South Korea
- Goseong, South Korea
- Gimpo, South Korea
- Santiago De Los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
With Santiago De Los Caballeros, a deep connection was made when Glendale served as the host city for the Dominican Republic’s team during the World Games of the Special Olympics. With Boeun-gun, numerous student exchanges between the cities helped establish a relationship, which will now open the door for more cultural visits and exchanges.
Speaking of Santiago De Los Caballeros, Glendale city councilman Vartan Gharpetian noted the two cities would be a good match for one another on account of the “cultural, political, industrial and financial centers that they have,” stressing that during his meeting with General Consul Celeste Peña, they “talked about issues in the Dominican Republic as well as in our country, and we were talking about which city would best to be in this sister city program.”
As for Boeun-gun, city councilman Zareh Sinanyan had glowing praise:
“[Boeun-gun] is a wonderful place. It's agricultural and, at the same time, it's very modern. The schools there are very impressive and Mayor Jung is a great leader for that region. I think it's a wonderful idea to have full blown sister-city relations with them.”
The benefits for Glendale and those living here are clear, spelled out on the Sister Cities Program page:
“The goals of the Sister City program are to exchange cultural, educational and professional programs in each city and to share common problems and solutions to daily activities. The program also promotes interest and goodwill, sharing attractions and ideas about natural resources with one another. These relationships are mutually beneficial to the economic well-being of each.”
For both current and future residents of Glendale, this is a good thing. The advancements gained by pairing with such wonderful locales across the globe will continue to nurture the city, enriching the citizenry and making Glendale an even better place to live.
With Apartments In Glendale CA, Cultural Exchange Awaits
And not just from the fine sister cities that Glendale has partnered with, but on an individual basis when living in communities like Altana. Located in a diverse and desirable neighborhood, this complex gives residents the ability to live, relax, and socialize with a level of modernity that greatly facilitates the ideals of sunny Southern California.