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Milwaukee's Sister Cities

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"The City of Milwaukee currently enjoys six sister city relationships. These international partnerships promote cultural, educational and economic exchanges, which strengthen our understanding of the world in which we live and do business."    - Ald. Joe Davis, Sr., Chair, Sister Cities Committee


Milwaukee's Sister City Initiative

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Milwaukee is affiliated with Sister Cities International, a program with over fifty years of promoting people-to-people diplomacy. As a result, our city-to-city relationships, including former friendship cities and unofficial sister cities, are now moving forward.

Medan, Indonesia, our most recent Sister City, joins the ranks of five other Sister Cities relationships Milwaukee is fostering. There may be many more to come as residents of the city, local officials and business people come to recognize the benefits of people-to-people diplomacy in an age of contested borders.


Milwaukee's Current Sister Cities
 

Zadar, Croatia

Zadar, Croatia Sister City signing ceremony

Zadar, Croatia mayor gives a speech

Croatian music and dance performance

Sister City Signing Ceremony with Zadar, Croatia at City Hall, May 11, 2015. Dr. Jelena Grčić Polić, Consul General of the Republic of Croatia, and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett signed the agreement documents, and were joined by members of the Zadar, Croatia delegation, Common Council President Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Joe Davis, Sr., members of the City of Milwaukee's Sister Cities Committee and other Milwaukee officials and special guests.

Medan, Indonesia

Medan Mayor Dzulmi Eldin and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett sign agreement documents.

Sister City Signing Ceremony with Medan, Indonesia at City Hall, October 30, 2014. Medan Mayor Dzulmi Eldin and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett signed the agreement documents, and were joined by members of the City of Medan delegation, Common Council President Michael J. Murphy, Alderman Joe Davis, Sr., members of the City of Milwaukee's Sister Cities Committee and other Milwaukee officials and special guests.

uMhlathuze, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Sister City Signing Ceremony with uMhlathuze, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa at City Hall, Thursday, May 1, 2008. Mayor, Councilor AZ Mnqayi of uMhlathuze, KwaZulu Natal, and Mayor Tom Barrett signed the agreement documents, joined by members of the uMhlathuze, KwaZulu Natal delegation, Common Council President Willie L. Hines, Jr., Ald. Joe Davis, Sr. and other Milwaukee officials and special guests.

Carora, Venezuela

Sister City Signing Ceremony with Carora, Venezuela at City Hall, March 24, 2009.  A delegation of Venezuelan visitors headed by Mayor Edgardo Carrasco of Carora, Venezuela traveled to Milwaukee take part in this ceremony.  Mayor Tom Barrett, Common Council President Willie L. Hines, Jr. and Ald. Joe Davis, Sr., chair of the Sister Cities Committee and the Council’s Community and Economic Development Committee, hosted the event.  Held in cooperation with Peace Action Wisconsin, attendees were treated to traditional Spanish music performed by a Milwaukee group.

Galway, Ireland

Sister City Signing Ceremony with Galway, Ireland at City Hall, March 24, 2009.  A delegation of Irish visitors, including the Mayor of the City of Galway Pádraig Conneely, Republic of Ireland Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Eamon O Cuiv, Mayor of County Galway Dermot Connolly, Bishop Martin Drennan, and several other Galway officials attended this ceremony.  Mayor Tom Barrett, Common Council President Willie L. Hines, Jr. and Ald. Bob Donovan headed up the Milwaukee delegation, with Ald. Michael J. Murphy, the son of Irish immigrants, hosting the event, which was held in cooperation with the Spirit of Galway and Milwaukee Irish Fest.  Bagpipe music was enjoyed by all.

Morogoro, Tanzania

 

Sister City Signing Ceremony with Morogoro, Tanzania at African World Festival, August 3, 2007. Mayor Romanus Ishengoma of Morogoro and Mayor Tom Barrett signed the agreement documents, joined by members of the Morogoro delegation, Common Council President Willie L. Hines, Jr., Ald. Joe Davis, Sr. and other Milwaukee officials and special guests.


The Sister Cities Committee


Chairman
Ald. Joe Davis., Sr.

Chair of the Community and Economic Development Committee

Members

  • Tiffany Barta, representative of Commissioner of Health, Bevan Baker
  • Oscar Tovar, representative of Mayor Tom Barrett
  • Al Durtka, representative of the International Institute of Wisconsin
  • Charles Vang, public member, appointed by Common Council President Willie L. Hines, Jr.

Documents and Information


Questions?  Contact the Sister Cities Committee coordinator Chris Lee

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