After 41 years as Dortmund’s sister city, Buffalo is not in their development plans according to Dortmund’s Economic Development Agency. You would think that after having becoming partners pair in 1974 or 1977 there would be some type of visible and active business relationship. The two cities don’t even agree with the year that they became sisters, or twinned as they say elsewhere in the world. Dortmund claims 1977 while Buffalo says it was 1974
Dortmund’s Economic Development Agency (http://www.wirtschaftsfoerderung-dortmund.de/en/international/) claims:
As part of our international activities we inform you about your chances. We provide you with our services to help you to enter foreign markets.
We provide you with support in your search for international cooperation partners.
We advise you and arrange contacts to EU-oriented consulting institutions. We are pleased to pass on our experience with applying for and running EU projects together with information about EU funding opportunities.
As a member of the network of large European cities EUROCITIES we maintain links to over 100 major cities in Europe. Regional focus
The City of Dortmund Economic Development Agency arranges sustainable business cooperations and in Dortmund’s partner towns in particular. The current key regions are:
- Leeds, Great Britain
- Xi ‘an, VR China
- South Korea
The concept behind sister cities goes back to the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower and is wonderful.
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 programs in 136 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.
But why have them if you are just going to collect them like figurines for the living room shelf?