Organized in 1988, Asheville Sister Cities, Inc. (ASCI) is an independent 501(c)3 that is a people-oriented, community organization affiliated with the City of Asheville and Sister Cities International. In conjunction with local governments, it serves to promote international awareness and maintain relations with the sister cities linked to Asheville:
Our Sister Cities
Named Sister Cities International Best Overall Program for a city with a population of 500,001–100,000 in 2019, ASCI continues to blaze a path forward for citizen diplomacy and friendships worldwide! Read more about the award here.
Asheville Sister Cities, Inc. promotes peace, understanding, cooperation and sustainable partnerships through formalized agreements between international cities and the City of Asheville, North Carolina.
Founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, Sister Cities International serves as the national membership organization for individual sister cities, counties and states across the United States. This network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers in 570 member communities with over 2,300 partnerships in 150 countries on six continents.
Sister Cities International helps advance peace and prosperity through cultural, educational, humanitarian and economic development efforts, and serves as a hub for institutional knowledge and best practices to benefit citizen diplomats. Sister Cities International empowers individual citizens to become diplomats and represent their community and their country in new and meaningful ways.
We also strive to strengthen the sister cities network through strategic institutional partnerships, grants, programs and support for our members. We motivate and empower private citizens, municipal officials and business leaders to conduct long-term, mutually beneficial, sister city, county or state relationships.
To learn more about Sister Cities International please visit sistercities.org