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 Atlanta's Sister Cities

150710_142The City of Atlanta joined the sister cities movement on June 23, 1967; when then-Mayor Ivan Allen Jr. forged Atlanta's first sister city relationship with Salzburg, Austria. To continue these efforts and further Atlanta's international presence, former Mayor Sam Massell invited Montego Bay, Jamaica and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to become Atlanta's second and third sister cities in 1972. Across the following two years, Atlanta's relationships with its new sister cities began to create a strategic avenue for cultural and educational exchanges. In 1974, then-Mayor Maynard Jackson established two additional sister cities and created the Atlanta Sister Cities Commission to oversee Atlanta's sister city efforts.

Today, the City of Atlanta fosters 17 sister city relationships with communities across the globe. The Atlanta Sister Cities Commission has continued to expand its programming by promoting mutually beneficial cultural, educational, economic, and community development exchanges. Under Mayor Kasim Reed's leadership, the Commission has positioned itself to enhance its efforts through increased marketing, a charitable foundation and increased staff support from the Mayor's Office of International Affairs.

To learn more about the Atlanta Sister Cities Commission and Atlanta's 17 sister cities visit www.ATLSisterCities.org.

The Atlanta Sister Cities Commission meets the second Wednesday of each month and invites public comment at the end of each meeting. Please contact Taylor Woodruff at twoodruff@atlantaga.gov for meeting details.

Becoming a Sister City of Atlanta 2015 Annual Report List of Atlanta's 18 Sister Cities

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