07/12/2017 - 07/15/2017
This year we are excited to announce Sister Cities International's US-Russia Mayors' Summit taking place July 12th and 13th prior to our Annual Conference. To register, please click here.
Summit: July 12 and 13, 2017
Conference July 14 and 15, 2017
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Virginia Beach
1900 Pavilion Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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A block of rooms is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel at a special disounted rate of $229/night. Please call reservations toll free at 855-275-4790 or the reservations local phone at 757-422-8900 and mention "2017 Sister Cities International Conference" to reserve you room or book online HERE. The hotel cut-off date to receive this special rate is Monday, June 19, 2017 at 11:59pm EDT.
Please note: Rooms offered at the special room rate are available on a first come, first serve basis. Book your room early!
So you may better budget your hotel stay, current state and local taxes are currently 14%. This will be added per hotel room, per night at the end of your stay.
$695.00 for Summit - which includes full conference registation
US-Russia Mayors' Summit Agenda (Subject to change)
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
6:00 – 10:00 pm
VIP Welcome Reception, Dinner and After-Party
Meet and greet
The history of U.S./Russian sister cities
Why citizen diplomacy matters
Goals of the Summit
Thursday, July 13, 2017
7:30 – 8:30 am
Registration & check-in / continental breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 am
Opening Welcome and Summit Overview
Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms and SCI President/CEO Mary Kane will open the Summit as we celebrate
40 years of Russian/American sister cities, and discuss opportunities for the continued
success and growth of U.S.- Russia sister city partnerships.
There are currently 77 U.S./Russia Sister City programs connecting counterparts --
individuals, businesses, organizations and institutions -- and assisting them in creating
collaborative projects in the fields of culture, business, medicine, journalism, religion,
education, sports and municipal services.
The Summit will explore innovative ways to foster interaction on a municipal level and to
share new and unique approaches to people-to-people exchanges, which can create a
multiplier effect to produce an unprecedented level of activity in the areas of higher
education, cultural exchange, journalism, environment and the involvement of civil
Will Sessoms, Mayor of Virginia Beach, Virginia
Mary D. Kane, President and CEO, Sister Cities International
Tim Quigley, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Sister Cities International
Bill Boerum, Chairman Emeritus of the Board of Directors, Sister Cities Int'l
9:45 – 10:30 am
Trade and Economic Relations
Learn from corporate executives and government officials how U.S. and Russian cities
can successfully conduct trade and economic exchanges, including investment and trade
advice and relevant regulations.
10:45 – 11:30 am
Involvement of Civil Society Organizations, High Schools, Universities and Colleges
Learn how to leverage volunteer service organizations such as Kiwanis, Rotary, Altrusa
and the United Nations Association to add content, resources, participants and established programs into your sister city relationships.
Learn how to engage schools, colleges and universities and their cultural and educational programming to increase exchanges between your U.S. – Russian Sister City and develop sister school relationships.
12:00 – 1:00 pm
Funding sister city exchanges
1:15 – 2:30 pm
Arts and Culture
Learn about successful U.S./Russian arts and cultural exchanges, and how they have
impacted their communities. By experiencing and exploring the culture of our sister city
partners, citizens may gain insight into the history, values, and aesthetic sensibilities of
their counterparts. These exchanges may take the form of musical performances, art
exhibits, peace parks and gardens, and international cultural festivals.
2:45 – 3:30 pm
Learn from municipal employees and elected officials how cities can collaborate on the
implementation of innovative policies and management techniques in sanitation, water,
health, transportation, tourism, economic development, education, humanitarian projects
and community development.
3:45 – 4:00 pm
4:15 – 5:00 pm
Meeting for Cities Seeking Cities
A meeting space for those cities who would like to get to know each other and become
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Enjoy cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres. A great networking opportunity!
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Technology and the future of Russian/American sister cities
9:00 - 10:00 pm
Click HERE to register.