Quick!  Name Calgary's Six Sister Cities.

It's a sure bet that if you asked ten people to name Calgary's six sister cities you may get one person who has heard of them.  Here's an opportunity to become "Calgary Smart."  Aligned due to similarities in their culture, community, industry and business the six sister cities are:

1)  Daejeon, South Korea

Daejeon is the capital city of Chung-chong province in central South Korea.  The city specializes in the manufacture of textiles, machinery, and chemicals.  The twinning agreement with Calgary in 1996 was made in order to expand upon mutual interests in science, technology, as well as research and development.

2) Daqing, China

Twinned with Calgary in 1981 due to the commonality of the oil and gas industry, Daqing is a modern city located approximately 1,600 km. northwest of Beijing in the province of Heilongjiang.  In fact Daqing Avenue in the heart Calgary's Chinatown was named after this great city.

3) Jaipur. India

Located in northwestern India, Jaipur is an old and beautiful city first founded in 1727.  Also known as the "Pink City" due to the colour of its buildings, Jaipur has been aligned with Calgary since 1973.  The primary industries common with Calgary are engineering and manufacturing.

4) Naucalpan, Mexico

Located within the boundaries of Mexico City, Naucalpan is an industrialized centre that accounts for almost two thirds of the production that comes from the region.  Signing a sister city agreement in 1994, Naucalpan is engaged in manufacturing, construction and high tech industries.

5) Quebec City, Canada

Quebec City represents Calgary's oldest sister city agreement signed in 1956.  The bond that has brought these two great cities together are their diverse cultures and unique events that attract tourists from around the world.  Each winter Quebec City plays host to the grand Quebec Winter Carnivale while in the summer Calgary features the famous Calgary Stampede and Exhibition.

6) Phoenix, USA

Phoenix, the capital city of the state of Arizona is located close to the famed Grand Canyon.  In addition to tourism, Phoenix has an enviable reputation for the production of aircraft, electronics and air conditioning equipment.  Phoenix signed as a sister city with Calgary in 1997 due to the common nature of their communities and economies.


 From ‘Focus’

Winter, 2006

Volume 1, Issue 2

 Published by Universal Ford Lincoln


Economic Interests Trump Sister-City Ties





Calgary aldermen will still attend Quebec's winter carnival, and representatives from Quebec City will don cowboy hats for Stampede, despite Calgary shifting the focus of its sister city ties toward business relationships.

While a report to the city's intergovernmental affairs committee Thursday said the sister city program "was effectively ended," both Mayor Dave Bronconnier and Calgary Economic Development's Bruce Graham said that was inaccurate.

"Unfortunately, a poor choice of words by one of the authors of the report," Bronconnier said, adding he spoke to the mayor of Quebec City on Thursday morning.  "We want to expand and keep working on our strategic cities around the globe, not to disband them.

"Calgary's sister cities are very important relationships and a key link for Calgary back to other parts of the world."

Calgary has six sister cities, a formal relationship that tends to focus more on social and cultural connections than business.  Quebec City was the first.  That relationship started in 1957.  The others are Phoenix, Ariz.; Daqing, China; Jaipur, India; Daejeon, South Korea; and Naucalpan, Mexico.

The city also has a bilateral relationship with Houston, Texas — a relationship that economic development CEO Graham said is based more on the similarities as energy centres, and illustrates the direction they want to go.

"We're opening up a global business centre here in February, we have more of a strategic, countrywide, industry-focused approach, more aligned with our economic development strategy and opportunities for companies that are already here in Calgary," Graham said. "We will still work with our sister cities as opportunities arise."

The report said economic development is interested in moving from a city approach to one involving countries or regions, focusing on specific industries.

“At one time, there was the belief (sister cities) could be strong stimulators of economic activity, but in reality, in our experience, they've mostly been social and cultural," Graham said.

"Business-to-business opportunities are typically a little tougher to find."


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