About Us

About Us

Lansing Regional Sister Cities Logo Celebrating 20 yearsThe Lansing Regional Sister Cities Commission (LRSCC) is a non-profit organization 501C3.  Our mission is to build peace through friendship.  We plan, coordinate and carry out long-term international exchange programs using a framework of formally acknowledged city-to-city relationships.  We connect Lansing to the rest of the world with global sister city relationships sustained by the dedication of our local and national volunteer citizen diplomacy network.

2014 marks our 20th anniversary

The sister city approach to international exchanges is personalized, inclusive, and centered on citizen-to-citizen diplomacy. We develop and sustain programs aimed at strengthening cross cultural understanding and diversity.

The LRSCC is affiliated with Sister Cities International, founded in 1956 by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, as the People to People program. The sister cities programs help foster projects in areas including education, business, arts and culture, the environment, and humanitarian outreach.

Lansing’s first Sister City relationship was formed in 1968, with Otsu, Japan. Guadalajara, Mexico was added in 1982.   Saltillo, Mexico was added in 1994, Sanming, China in 1997 and Akuapim South District, Ghana in 1997. Asan, South Korea was added as a Sister City in 2008.  Other global ties of local heritage or institutional connections are sometimes recognized formally and designated by the Commission as friendship cities:   Cosenza, Italy; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Lanzhou, China; and Sakaide, Japan.  The LRSCC works to bring about a deepened appreciation in our community for the beauty and unique strengths of the world’s myriad cultures.  We are the Lansing Region’s window to the world.