Springfield Sister Cities Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people of the City of Springfield and people of similar cities in foreign nations acquire a consciousness of each other and to understand one another as individuals, as members of their community, and as part of our global community.
We strive to:
- Encourage peace through understanding
- Welcome and embrace unity within diversity
- Facilitate cultural, economic, technological, and informational exchanges
- Transform distant locations into person to person relationships
Three cities working together
Springfield, Missouri has two sister cities. The Sister City relationship between Springfield and Iseaski was established on July 18, 1986, and the relationship between Springfield and Tlaquepaque was established June 27, 2003. Since then, there have been many exchanges between cities including cultural, business, sports, and education exchanges. All three cities work with Sister Cities International.
About Sister Cities International
President Dwight D. Eisenhower first proposed the “People to People” program at a White House conference in 1956. His intention was to involve people and organized groups at all levels of our society in personal, citizen diplomacy with the hope that people-to-people relationships, fostered through sister city affiliation, would lessen the chance of future world conflicts.
The program has now grown to be one of the largest volunteer organizations in the world and involves more than 2,100 cities worldwide in 121 countries.