Sister City Commission
  • Delegation from Sister City of Stavropol, Russia

    A delegation of city leaders and community members from the Russian city of Stavropol (along with Greater Des Moines Sister Cities Commission Chair Darlene Blake and Stavropol City Committee Member Roger Nowadzky) pose for a picture inside the library at the Iowa State Capitol on June 24, 2013 during their visit to Des Moines, a sister city. / Photo by: Charlie Litchfield/The Register

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  • Sister City - St. Etienne, France

    A very cool, virtual view of our sister city in France, St. Etienne!

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Mission

Sister City CommissionSister City International LogoTo enhance the global profile of the Greater Des Moines Metropolitan area by bridging communities and opening doors with international sister cities for mutual benefit in culture, education, technology, commerce, and economic development.


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Who Serves on the Sister City Commission?

The Commission helps start dialogues between people with similar interests and needs in the areas of business, industry, culture, and governments. For more information - click here.

To view a list of current members of the Greater Des Moines Sister City Commission - click here.

To view the current meeting schedule and minutes of previous meetings - click here.

In August of 2001, Sister Cities International (SCI) and Friendship Force International (FFI) signed a partnership agreement. To find out more about FFI in Washington, DC go to www.thefriendshipforce.org.

To find out more about Friendship Force of Greater Des Moines - PO Box 13136, Des Moines, IA 50310, phone (515) 333-8871 - go to http://www.friendshipdsm.org/.


Who are our Sister Cities?

Our sister cities were chosen because of their close resemblance to metropolitan Des Moines in demographics, economics and geography.


Kofu, JapanKofu, Japan (August 16, 1958)

Kofu, the capitol of Yamanshi Prefecture, is located in the Kofu Basin with the Chichibu and Tami mountains to the east and north, the Japan Alps to the west and Mount Fuji to the south. Kofu is a two-hour train ride from Tokyo and is famous for its hot springs, vineyards, and crystal.

Kofu's Official Web Site (English)

Click here to enjoy a review of the 50th Anniversary Events

A Year in Review



Saint-Etienne, FranceSaint-Etienne, France (May 29, 1985)

Saint-Etienne is located thirty miles south of Lyon, in the valley of the Furan river, between the valleys of the Loire and the Rhone. The city has existed since the 11th century, and has survived plagues, wars, and economic transition to become the ninths largest city in France. Saint-Etienne University offers a full range of courses, with specialized instruction in technical fields being offered at six other local institutes.

Saint-Etienne's Official Web Site (French)

Saint-Etienne Tourism Official Web Site (click flag for English)

Map of France Showing Saint-Etienne

November 2005 Visit to Saint-Etienne - 20th Anniversary Celebration and Franco-American Seminar

Celebrate France - Community Events in Des Moines Celebrating the 20th Anniversary

Events held in 2005

The University of St. Etienne

The Saint-Etienne Student Schedule: French  -  English

Information for DMPS 2nd Grade Teachers – February 15, 2010

DMPS - Saint-Etienne Learning Activity Ideas - February 21, 2011

Saint-Etienne, France - Overview

Saint-Etienne - City of Design (French)

Iowa Culinary Institute - French Chefs, DMACC

Saint-Etienne School Photos

Saint-Etienne City Photos

Saint-Etienne Trams and Buses for a Cleaner Environment

Saint-Etienne 2008 Delegation Visit/2008 Design Biennial Photos


Shijiazhuang, ChinaShijiazhuang, China (August 8, 1985)

The capital of Hebei Province, Shijiazhuang is a vital transportation link connecting the principal railway between Beijing and Gwangong. It's located southwest of Beijing between the Taihang mountains and the central Hebei plains. Although, it's a comparatively new city, Shijiazhuang has a broadly developed economic base which emphasizes the production of textiles, chemicals, and machinery. The land surrounding the city is fertile and well irrigated, and produces wheat, cotton, and a variety of fresh fruits.

Concert Reunites Students from West Des Moines and China

October 2005 Mayor's Visit to Shijiazhuang


Stavropol, RussiaStavropol, Russia (July 27, 1992)

Stavropol, located on the mountain slopes of the Caucasus Mountains, is the capital city of Stavropol, Krai (Iowa's Sister State). The City of Stavropol was founded in 1777 as one of a series of fortresses stretching from the Don to the Terek River between the Black and Caspian Seas. The City is a center for agriculture, government, trade, education, manufacturing, and many institutions of higher education.

Office Stavropol (City) web site in English

Stavropol (City) - Wikipedia

News in English-Russian SOUTH Stavropol

Map of Russia showing Stavropol in Stavropol Krai (Territory)

Russian Culture-History, Ethnic Relations, Urbanism

Russian Business and Social Culture

U.S. Dept. of State - Russian Federation Country Notes


Provincia di CatanzaroProvincia di Catanzaro (June 26, 2006)

Provincia di Catanzaro is a province in the Calabria region of Italy. The city of Catanzaro is the capital of the province and the region. Calabria is the tip of the Italian peninsula. The Province of Catanzaro has an area of 923 sq mi, and a total population of 369,578 (2001). There are 80 communities in the province.

Calabria is one of the most heavily wooded areas in Italy. Crops include: wheat, egg plants, tomatoes, onions, watermelons, beans, peppers, sugar beets, potatoes, olives, oranges, bergamots and wine grapes. Industry includes: construction, foods (sugar refineries, oil mills, wine growing-making), chemicals, textiles, cement works, metalworking, engineering, wood processing and papermaking. Certain craft industries (fabrics, lace, ceramics, woodworking) are still significant.

Catanzaro Proclamation - May 7, 2007 and Photo

Catanzaro in English - travel, demographics, services, schools, photos, sports, etc.

Calabria Region - map, geography, cities, photos

Official web site Region of Calabria in Italian

Map of Italy showing Catanzaro & Calabria Region & Italy Fast Facts

U.S. Dept. of State - Italy Background Notes