Mayors From 7 Countries Convene In Bellingham For “Global Dialogue for Community Solutions”

In 1958 the City of Bellingham and the City of Tateyama, Japan established one of the first Sister City relationships after President Eisenhower started what is now known as the Sister Cities International. This year, 2018, marks the 60thanniversary of the relationship between Bellingham and Tateyama.

This week, the Mayors of all 7 sister cities of Bellingham are participating in a special Sister Cities Mayoral Summit: “Global Dialogue for Community Solutions”. The purpose of the summit is to gather our Sister City Mayors around a single table to share success stories, discuss challenges, and through this dialogue, discover beneficial ideas and solutions.  This summit will reach students, business owners and leaders, cultural organizations, elected officials, and citizens of each of our communities as well as draw worldwide attention to the importance of strong and beneficial Sister City relationships.

“This event is a truly unique event not only for Bellingham, but also for our Country as the Mayors of our 7 sister cities, along with Mayor Linville of Bellingham, build on the vision established by President Eisenhower following World War II that world peace can be achieved through one on one relationships” said Bellingham Sister Cities President Ross Grier.  “We are honored to be able to sponsor and host the mayors as a result of the support of Western Washington University, Saturna Capital, and Holiday Inn and Suites”

On Tuesday, September 4 the   Mayoral Summit begins at Western Washington University where the Mayors will work to expand friendships, foster peace and understanding, and look through dialogue at ways to collaborate on common issues.  The Mayors will then be received by the Lummi Nation on Tuesday evening in a formal reception.

Wednesday, September 5, Saturna Capital is sponsoring a School and Business Day with keynote speaches by the Presidents of our higher education colleges, and visits to key local industries.

Thursday, September 6thwill introduce the Mayors to Whatcom County Mayors with a tour and reception at Peace Arch Park in Blaine, followed by the dedication of a Summit Monument at the Bellingham Library and a final Gala Farewell event at the Holiday Inn and Suites at Bellingham International Airport.


Participant Representing Year Started
Honorable Mr. Kenichi Kanamaru Tateyama, Japan 1958
Honorable Mr. Ryan Palmer Port Stephens, Australia 1982
Honorable Mr. Andrey Gorelov Nakhodka, Russia 1989
Honorable Mr. Claudio Radonich Jiménez Punta Arenas, Chile 1996
Honorable Mr. Han Beum Deuk Cheongju, South Korea 2005
Honorable Mr. Tomas Häyry Vaasa, Finland 2009
Honorable Mr. Jamtsiin Gurvantamir Tsetserleg, Mongolia 2011
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