About Us

In 1954, the city of Louisville established its first Sister City relationship with Montpellier (France) with a partnership between the University of Montpellier and the University of Louisville. Two years later, in establishing a People-To-People Program President Dwight D. Eisenhower placed “faith in the great promise of people-to-people and sister city affiliations in helping build the solid structure of world peace.” (Watch the 9-minute press conference here.)

After establishing a few more sister cities relationships, Sister Cities of Louisville was established in 1978 to aid Louisville’s sister city program, still run through the Office of the Mayor. In 1981, the formally moved all Sister City programs to Sister Cities of Louisville. For more on our history, please click here (link to History webpage)

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.

SCL is a non-profit organization dedicated to global friendship, multicultural understanding, and economic growth by developing lasting relationships between the Louisville area and Sister Cities around the world.

Sister Cities of Louisville fosters a continuing reciprocal relationship between the people of Louisville and our Sister Cities. To that end, SCL promotes 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.

For nearly 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 provide opportunities for the citizens of Louisville and our 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
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