The City of Tamarac is looking for residents who are interested in serving on the Sister Cities Committee. A sister city is a broad-based, long-term partnership between two communities in two countries. A relationship is officially recognized after the highest elected or appointed official from both communities sign off on an agreement to become sister cities.
A city may have any number of sister cities, with community involvement ranging from a half dozen to hundreds of volunteers. In addition to volunteers, sister city organizations can include representatives from nonprofits, municipal governments, the private sector, and other civic organizations.
Each sister city organization is independent and pursues the activities and thematic areas that are important to them and their community including municipal, business, trade, educational, and cultural exchanges and projects with their sister city.
Conversations from a previous commission workshop meeting revealed that Commissioner Mike Gelin proposed the idea to the Tamarac City Commission back in 2019, however, Laura Karpaviciute, Assistant to the City Manager, added that the idea is not new to the City.
Sometime in 1984, the City tried to forge a relationship with Kyriat Tivon, Israel and Fatsa, Turkey. Former District 1 Commissioner, the late Ed Porter traveled to Fatsa, Turkey in the hopes of officially inking the relationship.
Commissioner Gelin revived the initiative and as such, the City is now looking for volunteers who would be empowered to advise the Commission on the Cities they believe would be most compatible to the City. Compatible Cities would need to be chosen from the Caribbean, Latin America and Israel – being the regions the Commission selected.
Residents who are interested are encouraged to apply by May 10th on the City’s website or by clicking here: http://bit.ly/TamaracSisterCities.