The 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.
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/Nsawam-Adwoagyri, Ghana, in 1997, and Asan, South Korea in 2008. In 2016, we added Pianezza, Torino, Italy.
In April of 2016 Lansing signed a formal Sister City Agreement with Pianezza, Italy.
Other global ties of local heritage or institutional connections are sometimes recognized formally and designated by the Commission as friendship cities. Currently we recognize Cosenza, Italy; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Lanzhou, China as Friendship Cities.
In a first ever domestic twinning partnership, in 2016 the City of Lansing signed a Sister City agreement with our neighbor, Flint, Michigan. The public signing took place as part of the annual State of the City Address by Mayor Bernero. The signing signifies our solidarity with the City of Flint in the challenge to assure safe water for residents.
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 Lansing's window to the world.
Lansing's Sister Cities
Ghana is located on the southern coast of West Africa near the equator. The country contains a wealth of natural resources and arable land as well and developed forestry, electrical system, telecommunications structure, health and educational institutions.
Asan, South Korea
Asan City with a population of approximately 205,000 is located in the South Chungcheong Province of South Korea, bordering the Seoul metropolitan area to the north. Known for its hot springs and spas, Asan is home to five universities. Asan is a business hub, home to factories.
Flint is the largest city and county seat of Genesee County, Michigan. Located along the Flint River, 66 miles northwest of Detroit, it is a principal city within the region known as "Mid Michigan". Mayor: Karen Weaver Population: 99,763
The city of Guadalajara boasts stunning architecture, parks, fountains, and tree-lined avenues. With a population of more than 3 million, Guadalajara is the nation’s second largest metropolis area, an important hub for culture, economy, history, industry and religion. Guadalajara is the capital of the state of Jalisco.
Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, is located on Japan’s main island of Honshu, a mere 10 minutes by train from Kyoto. It is situated on beautiful Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest freshwater lake. Lake Biwa is in the center of Shiga prefecture, and is a site of significant relevance to the Japanese tourism industry.
Pianezza is a commune in the Metropolitan City of Turin in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 12 kilometres northwest of Turin. Getting there: 13 h 38 min flight, Province of Turin
The city of Saltillo is considered the Detroit of Mexico because of its heavy involvement in the automotive industry, including General Motors and Chrysler companies.
Sanming, Fujian Province, China is a rising industrial city and a major resort in the “green triangle area,” a popular year round destination for tourists. The city is also often regarded as a “green treasure house” because of its wealth of rare animals and plants.
Cosenza, Italy and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania