Last year, Sister Cities International celebrated its 60th anniversary. The organization was founded as a result of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s People-to-People program. Eisenhower believed that cultural exchanges, youth programs, sharing arts and culture, and exchanging business ideas and research and development projects could foster bonds between people of different communities. Here in the Northwest, each of our major cities has a number of sister cities. Seattle, for example, has 21, while Portland, Oregon, has nine (and one friendship city).
ILEA New Jersey North Chapter and NACE New Jersey Chapter held a joint holiday event on Dec. 7, 2015. The event was held at FormSet in Bergen and had a Holidays Around the World theme with networking, cocktails and international cuisine.