It is the mission of the Sister City Commission to promote international communication and understanding through exchanges of people, ideas, and culture.
Edmonds and the city of Hekinan, Japan established a relationship on April 5, 1988. The two cities will celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2013.
Hekinan is located in Aichi Prefecture about 40 kilometers from Nagoya. It was incorporated in 1948 from four villages. There are about 70,000 residents, and it hosts an active harbor and several substantial manufacturing plants. Toyota is the largest employer in the region and maintains a transmission assembly plant. Hekinan has stressed the importance of its civic and cultural assets, which include a cultural hall, a large regional hospital, botanical gardens, performance hall, and parks. The new Chubu Centrair International Airport, only 15 minutes away from Hekinan, opened in 2005 to make the city more accessible to visitors.
The Edmonds Sister City Commission was created by City ordinance in 1988 and reports to the Mayor of Edmonds. The Mayor appoints members to the Commission, subject to City Council confirmation. The 12 non-paid Commissioners serve three-year terms with no term limits. Commissioners need not be residents of Edmonds. Funding for Sister City programs is largely from community donors.
Foster exchanges that reflect our intercultural focus between business, education and nonprofit organizations in the local area.
--Participate in local events in the community.
--Provide the citizens of Edmonds with opportunities to learn about our
experiences with our sister cities.
--Provide the citizens of Edmonds education and awareness on the culture of
our sister cities.
Foster a relationship between officials and staff of the sister cities. This includes but is not limited to: Mayor, Parks, Public Works, Community Development, Fire, and Police.
Develop a program such that the Commission is self-reliant and does not require public funds to operate.
Participate in the Sister Cities International Association on activities that relate to the commission.
Foster relationships with other local cities that have sister city programs to exchange ideas and expand communications with other sister cities.
The Commission meets the fourth Monday of every month at 7 pm in the Fourtner Room at City Hall, 121 5th Avenue N. Meetings subject to change.
Michelle Van Tassell (Chair)
Jill Van Berkhom
Commission Student Rep
Carolyn LaFave, Executive Assistant to the Mayor
Sister City Commission
Office of the Mayor