A sister is more than someone who monopolizes the bathroom and tells mom what you did. She is always there for you when you need her, even though you’re not allowed in her room. The City of Reno has nine sisters: Yellowknife, Canada; Hatzor, Israel; San Sebastian, Spain; Udon Thani, Thailand; Taichung, Taiwan; Shenzhen, China; Nalchik, Russia; Guadalupe, Mexico; and Nanhai, China.
Sister cities are established to forge cultural and commercial ties. Projects include anything from arts to education. The Sister Cities Program was initiated in 1956 by President Dwight Eisenhower as part of the National League of Cities.
The most successful sister city partnerships are those between cities that have something very similar in common. For example, they share similar cultural festivals, types of populations, industries, or geography. In theory, the program can be an incredible asset in furthering a city’s mission.
For Reno, you’re more apt to find a hen’s tooth than information on how Reno established its sisterhood with the cities listed above. Therefore in Defining Reno, I pose a question to you. What does Reno do for its sisters and vise versa?
NOTE: The thoughts and opinions expressed by Paul Klein in this blog are personal and not that of the City of Reno.