Mayor Emanuel Contributes News Article on Chicago’s Sister Cities
In this month’s issue of Diplomatic Courier, Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses in “Chicago: Leading on the Global Stage” how Chicago’s sister city relationships are a part of making Chicago a major global city that is a center for competitiveness, economic and cultural opportunity and diversity.
Mayor Emanuel writes, “Another major component of Chicago’s plan for growing our city’s global leadership is translating Chicago’s strong sister city relationships into facilitators of growth of Chicago’s influence. I am proud to note that Chicago has the largest sister city program in the United States with 28 sister cities, and with our strong global relationships Chicago Sister Cities International has been at the core of Chicago’s global outreach. I have specifically charged the sister city organization to act as a tool for economic development, education, tourism, immigration, and cultural enrichment, which has allowed CSCI to work closely with City of Chicago departments and non-governmental organizations to strengthen our integrated and holistic approach.
“But the inherent value of our sister city relationships goes much further. By forming these important international relationships, we reinforce Chicago’s strength as a city that welcomes and embraces diversity. I am proud that Chicago is known worldwide as a city of strong neighborhoods, with dozens of languages spoken within our communities. Since the city’s founding, our international communities have made Chicago their home and made vital contributions to the development of the city throughout its history, and will continue to play a vital role in the vibrant life of Chicago. Throughout the year, Chicago ensures that these communities can continue to develop, with cultural programming that educates Chicagoans about the world’s communities who have made their home here in our city.”