Having a close sibling of my own, I have always been interested in the topic of Sisters.
We moved here 11 years ago when we purchased At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn. I had never heard the term "sister city." It piqued my curiosity and so began my investigation.
The American sister cities program began in 1956 under the Eisenhower administration. Initially, under the umbrella of National League of Cities. In 1967 The American Sister cities program gained its own identity under the heading of Sister Cities International (SCI) defined as a not for profit, citizen diplomacy network designed to strengthen partnerships between U.S. and international cummunities in efforts to increase both global cooperation found at the municipal level as well as enhance cultural understanding, stimulate private business and economics. Staffed primarily by volunteerism, it paves the way for enhancing community developement by empowering private citizens to work toward long term goals of providing mutual benefits between the geographical locations
Asheville's Sister cities are:
San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
Valladolid, Yucatan Mexico
Empower your area and investigate bringing your beloved hometown into the Sister City program. Making this journey will empower your city, yourself, create a better understanding of low level government and how it works and also provide an understanding in a very tangible way of the impact we can all have on our own environment, government and the lives of others. It really is a small world and your involvement in this program will allow a greater appreciation of that, yourself and the power we can all have to make a difference, even in a small way, if we will just seize it.
Patti and Gary Wiles Innkeepers At Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn Your Asheville Bed and Breakfast