To engage our sister cities to advance world peace, friendship, cultural understanding, and mutual economic reward.
To be the vanguard of Colorado Springs’ international affairs through exceptional global cooperation.
Colorado Springs Sister Cities International (CSSCI) is a group of dedicated individuals whose mission is to promote cultural, educational, humanitarian and economic relationships with cities throughout the world. Relationships and exchanges are made by formal agreement with selected global partners at the municipal government level.
CSSCI is recognized by Sister Cities International (SCI), a citizen diplomacy network creating and strengthening partnerships between U.S. and international communities to increase global cooperation at the local level. The Sister City approach to international exchanges centers on citizen-to-citizen diplomacy. Sister Cities International was founded in 1956 by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. It remains renowned worldwide as a distinguished people-to-people program that fosters international understanding. SCI works to promote cultural understanding, social development and economic growth, and as a national membership organization officially certifies links between U.S. communities and those abroad to ensure their sustained commitment and success in this mission. The SCI network represents more than 2,100 communities in 121 countries around the world and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Areas of Focus
CULTURAL & HUMANITARIAN
Cultural exchanges provide the foundation for the majority of sister city relationships, bridging differences between nations through city-to-city partnerships and educating on a local level. These exchanges take many different forms, from elementary school pen pal project to tours by internationally-renowned artists. Musical performances, art exhibits, construction of peace parks or tea gardens, international cultural festivals, and teacher exchanges are popular throughout the sister city network.
YOUTH & EDUCATION
To support local youth initiatives, CSSCI dedicates itself to promoting opportunities for youth exchanges, creating lasting friendships and cultural awareness from a young age. CSSCI provides project ideas, exchange programs, youth conferences, and mentoring opportunities to engage local young people in its dynamic international network.
BUSINESS & TRADE
International exchanges boost local industry and development, build avenues for trade and company expansion, and develop personal relationships that open doors for private sector investment. Economic development events and activities can include: visitors, local vendors at cultural events, on-going operations and maintenance of cultural attractions, international students, and company expansions.