Birmingham Sister City Commission

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The Birmingham Sister City Commission administers the American Sister Cities Program for the City of Birmingham. The Commission was established on April 23, 1982. The organization's first executive director, Corlette Stewart Burns, was hired in 2020.

The American Sister Cities program was initiated as a citizen diplomacy project in 1956 by President Dwight Eisenhower. Called the "People to People" program, it was originally administered as part of the National League of Cities, but since 1967 has been a separate organization, Sister Cities International (SCI), which is "a nonprofit citizen diplomacy network creating and strengthening partnerships between U.S. and international communities in an effort to increase global cooperation at the municipal level, to promote cultural understanding and to stimulate economic development".

SCI leads the movement for local community development and volunteer action by motivating and empowering private citizens, municipal officials and business leaders to conduct long-term programs of mutual benefit. SCI guidelines permit only one "sister city" per country, leading to the second designation of "Friendship Cities".

In 2012 the Birmingham Sister City Commission was honored as the "Best Overall Program" for cities between 100,000 and 300,000 by Sister City International. It received the award again in 2016.

Birmingham displays the flags of the home countries of its sister cities at East Lake Park.

Sister Cities

Friendship Cities


Sister Province to Alabama


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