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Milwaukee's Sister Cities

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Milwaukee's Sister City Initiative

Milwaukee is affiliated with Sister Cities International, a program with over fifty years of promoting people-to-people diplomacy. Bomet County, Kenya is our most recent Sister City, and joins the ranks of five other Sister City 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 reaching out beyond our own borders as citizens of the world.


Milwaukee's Current Sister Cities
 

Daegu, South Korea

Mayor Tom Barrett signing Sister City Agreement between Milwaukee and Daegu, South Korea.

Mayor Kwon Young-jin signing Sister City Agreement between Daegu, South Korea and Milwaukee.

Mayor Tom Barrett and Mayor Kwon Young-jin shaking hands.

In lieu of a single signing ceremony at one location, this ceremony happened jointly in both Milwaukee and Korea. The agreements were signed remotely, first by Mayor Tom Barrett in his office on August 23, 2017 and then at a September 20, 2017 ceremony in Daegu by Mayor Kwon Young-jin, where a delegation from Milwaukee (Amy Jensen of the Water Council) traveled to on behalf of Mayor Barrett.

Tarime District, Tanzania 

Signing of Sister Cities agreement between Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Tarime District, Tanzania.

Gift exchange between Alderman Stamper, II, Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton, and Mayor Moses Matiko Misiwa.

Sister Cities Chair, Alderman Russell Stamper, II speaking at the signing ceremony.

Sister City Signing Ceremony with Tarime District, Tanzania at City Hall, November 7, 2016. A special ceremony in the City Hall Council Chamber and Anteroom took place to mark the occasion of the beginning of a Sister City relationship with the Tarime District. Hosted by Alderman Russell Stamper, II , event highlights featured a document signing by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Tarime District Mayor Moses Matiko Misiwa, as well as speeches, gift exchanges, and a reception afterward.        

Bomet County, Kenya

Signing of Sister Cities agreement between Milwauke, Wisconsin and Bomet County, Kenya.

Gift exchange between Alderman Davis and Governor Ruto.

Council President Michael Murphy speaks with Bomet County Governor Isaac Ruto.

Sister City Signing Ceremony with Bomet County, Kenya at City Hall, November 23, 2015. A special ceremony in the City Hall Council Chamber and Anteroom took place to mark the occasion of the beginning of a Sister City relationship with Bomet County. Hosted by Alderman Joe Davis, Sr., event highlights featured a document signing by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and His Excellency Honorable Isaac Ruto, Governor of the County of Bomet, as well as speeches, gift exchanges, and a reception afterward.        

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.

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.


The Sister Cities Committee


Chairman
Ald. Russel W. Stamper, II

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 Staff Assistant Chris Lee

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