Our Mission

Promote peace through the respect we show, understanding we foster, and cooperation we seek with our

Sister Cities around the world--one individual, one community at a time.


Sister Cities of Louisville strives to foster a continuing reciprocal relationship between the people of Louisville and our Sister Cities. To that end, SCL promotes, fosters, and publicizes local, state, and national programs of international municipal cooperation. Likewise, SCL encourages other organizations to engage and participate in such programs, and to promote friendly relations and mutual understanding.


SCL is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to global friendship, multicultural understanding, and economic growth by developing lasting relationships between the Louisville area and Sister Cities around the world. For over forty years, SCL has been highly recognized in the community as an international citizen diplomacy network. At Sister Cities of Louisville, we believe in establishing people-to-people connections with our citizens and twin partners.


Our Goals

To create opportunities for Louisville citizens and citizens of Sister Cities to work together in creating international community partnerships.


To develop municipal partnerships between Louisville and its Sister Cities.


To stimulate exchanges and projects in the areas of professional economic development, education, community initiatives, arts and culture, medicine, tourism, and technology.


To promote public awareness of our Sister Cities through community outreach and people-to-people relationships.


To collaborate with local international organizations with similar goals.

Our Sister Cities

Montpellier, France (1954) / Quito, Ecuador (1962)  / Tamale, Ghana (1979) / Mainz, Germany (1994)

 La Plata, Argentina (1994) / Perm, Russia (1994) / Jiujiang, PR China (2004) / Leeds, England (2006)

Adapazari, Turkey (2012) 

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By joining Sister Cities of Louisville, you become a member of an international community. SCL offers many levels of membership to meet the needs of youth, individuals, community organizations and businesses. Learn more about membership opportunities.


Learn more about what SCL is planning this year. You can now RSVP online for all SCL events. Sister Cities is planning several events

for inbound and outbound delegations. Sister Cities of Louisville was featured on "State of Affairs" in June 2008.


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In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower launched the People-to-People idea. His intention was to involve individuals and organized groups at all levels of society in citizen diplomacy, with hope that personal relationships, fostered through city, county and state affiliations, would lessen the chance of future world conflicts. Recognizing the importance of involving all citizens in world diplomacy, he called upon the nation's cities as the centers of opportunity, expression and economic growth, to unite with communities around the world in building a solid structure of world peace. At the core of all sister cities relationships is an agreement, signed by the Mayors of each city, reflecting their mutual commitment to building bridges between governments, businesses and individuals. Today, through formal Sister Cities affiliations, 2,400 Sister Cities relationships are bringing citizens together.


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Recent & Upcoming

Montpellier Challenge Match Grant exceeds goal

Applications open for the 2014 Summer Ghana Internship

2014 Montpellier Summer Work Exchange

Sharon Receveur Obituary & Memorial Fund

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Montpellier, France           


Quito, Ecuador


Mainz, Germany


La Plata, Argentina


Tamale, Ghana


Perm, Russia


Leeds, United Kingdom



Jiujiang, China

Adapazari, Turkey