History

SCL Organizational History



1954

Louisville established its first SC relationship with Montpellier (France).

1956

President Dwight D. Eisenhower created the People-To-People Program, which spawned
the Sister City movement.

1962

Louisville established its second Sister City relationship with Quito (Ecuador).

1977

Louisville established its third and fourth Sister City relationship with Mainz, Germany.
Mainz did not formally recognize the relationship until 1994.

1978

Sister Cities of Louisville, Inc. became incorporated as a nonprofit with a 501 (c)3 status.

1979

Louisville hosted a Sister Cities International Conference. At the conference Tamale,
Ghana
became Louisville’s fifth Sister City.

1980

Former Louisville Mayor Stansbury signed a chamber-to-chamber agreement with Montpellier to broaden business relationships and trade between the two cities.

1981

Sister Cities of Louisville, Inc. (SCL) took over all Sister City relationships after 27 years
as a function of the Mayor’s Office.

1984

The Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky established a “Companion Diocese” in Tamale,
which aided the growth of the relationship.

1989

Montpellier hosted Louisville at a Technopole Conference to solidify economic
development plans between the two cities in the area of medicine and agriculture.

1989

Won an award from Sister Cities International (SCI) for organizing the “French
Summer” program that year.

1992

The Tamale Committee helped establish the African Cultural Center at the Shawnee
Branch Library.

1993

Hired first Executive Director.

1994

Hosted the SCI Annual Conference for the second time.
Hosted the Sister Cities International Youth Soccer tournament.

SCL established its fifth and sixth relationship with La Plata (Argentina) & Perm (Russia).

SCL and Louisville International Cultural Center (LICC) took part in the Business for
Russia (BFR) project.

1995

The City of Louisville hosted an Economic Development Seminar for La Plata.

1996

SCL won the Best Overall Program Award from SCI.

1997

Mayor Jerry Abramson led a trade mission to La Plata.

Won the SCI Best Overall Achievement Award in the field of Medicine for
organizing the highly successful medical conference.

1998

The Tamale Committee established the Tamale Scholarship & Aid Fund.
Won the SCI Collaboration Award.

1999

The Tamale Committee held an Economic Development Summit & a Damba Festival.

2002

The Mainz Committee organized the Gutenburg Exhibit, which was held at the Louisville
Free Public Library.

Awarded SCL the Innovative Economic Development Award & the Innovative
Sustainable Development Award.

2003

The Tamale Committee participated in the Millennium Development Goals project
sponsored by SCI and World Bank International. This project won an international award from SCI.

2004

SCL hosted the Sister Cities 2004 Summit.
SCL established its seventh SC relationship with Jiujiang (PR China).

2006

SCL signed its eighth SC relationship with Leeds (England, United Kingdom).

2009

Hosted Open World delegation of medical professionals from Perm.

Several delegations from Louisville visited Leeds for student symposia, SCI annual
conference, discussion included future programming, music festivals.

Awarded a Gates Foundation grant for water tank & running water installation in the
Tamale teaching hospital.

2011

Established Sister School relationship between Lycee Jules Guesde Academy in
Montpellier and St. Francis School in Louisville.

Established Young Scholars Program with Jiujiang Bellarmine University and Hanover
College (Indiana).

Established Sister School relationship between Kentucky Country Day and Lincoln
Academy with Bachillerato de Bellas Artes UNLP.

2012

SCL signed its ninth Sister City relationship with Adapazari (Turkey).

2014

SCL formally became “Friendship Cities” with Chengdu (PR China).

2015

Hosted Open World delegation of young professionals from Perm .

Hosted several visitors from Ghana, including: Alhaji Mohammed Haroon, Solomon
Wyatt and Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

2016

Collaboration w/WaterStep & IUS in response to devastating earthquake in Ecuador
Began conversation with Quebec Province regarding a possible Sister City in the
province.

Hosted 50 special needs performing arts students & their chaperones from
Guangzhou China.

Created new program “Educator Practicum” to encourage exchange of ideas & best
business practices in Louisville’s Sister Cities.

2017

Awarded capacity-building grant from Community Foundation of Louisville’s
Fund for Louisville.

Created two series of lectures/events with Louisville Free Public Library to rotate
throughout the system during the calendar year.

Completed the first Strategic Plan for the organization (pdf)
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