Business and Trade
The return on investment of international exchange programs like Sister Cities International is staggering. International exchanges represent .0001% of the economy, but boost local industry and development, build avenues for trade and company expansion, and develop personal relationships that open doors for private sector investment. Economic development events and activities can include: visitors, local vendors at cultural events, on-going operations and maintenance of cultural attractions, international students, and company expansions. Sister city programs bring in millions of dollars to the local community per year through these international relationships. Sister Cities International supports local efforts through grant programs.