SELECTING A SISTER CITY PARTNER:
We are excited to be exploring potential Sister City relationships with the following two cities that are also destination communities/regions with natural beauty and extensive tourism. Each of these communities are also facing similar challenges as they focus on protecting the environment, diversifying the economy, addressing traffic issues, dealing with housing availability and other issues. These communities are employing strategies to enhance visual and performing arts, improve education, and improve the health and wellness of their citizens.
If you would like to become a part of a Sister City Team, become a member of SSCA and then complete the form below by clicking on the link and we will be back in touch to let you know how you can make a difference.
Canmore, Alberta, Canada and the Bow River Valley
Our Sister City team visited Banff, Lake Louise and
the Bow Valley recently. After meeting with the
Canmore Mayor and several community members, the
team determined that Canmore could be a match for
Surrounded by Alberta provincial parks and located
ten miles south of Banff, Canmore has many
similarities to Sedona: an inviting destination
surrounded by the natural beauty of the Canadian
Rockies, a tourist population of over 2 million yearly,
and a developed focus on sustainability (Master plans
for environment, tourism, traffic, energy transition).
Canmore, founded in 1884, has a diverse and growing
younger population of 15,990. Unique to Canmore is
the Nordic Centre, an international training site for
cross country skiing. Annual events and festivals
include mountain biking marathons, the Winter
Carnival and the annual Folk Music Festival.
Lahinch is located on the West coast of Ireland. It is part of the UNESCO cited Burren National Park region which includes the Cliffs of Moher GeoPark. A coastal village of 638 it is part of a municipal district of 11,500. Home to one of the best surfing beaches in Ireland, it also is home to the internationally ranked 36 hole Lahinch Golf Club. The region’s focus is on sustainability and ecotourism (1.4 million per year) with a goal of protecting the 5,000 year old history and structures of the Burren.
SEDONA GAINS FROM SISTER CITY RELATIONSHIPS
Sedona is unique. Drawing residents and tourists from throughout the world, we are a destination city and region with strong business and community supported organizations. Developing a close relationship with a similar city and its organizations will allow for sharing, learning and friendships in each paired partnership (among businesses, artist groups, government, wellness and healthcare services, education providers, environmental sustainability groups, etc.). These connections will provide mutually beneficial, ongoing exchanges that will strengthen our community and move the world a step closer to lasting peace.