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About Us

Jacksonville has had an active sister city program since 1967. The Jacksonville Sister Cities Association (JSCA) is a member of Sister Cities International, which was formed in 1956 by President Dwight David Eisenhower.

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It always seems impossible until it's done.

Nelson Mandela

Our Mission

Our Mission

At JSCA, we all share a common goal: To create and nurture partnerships between citizens in Jacksonville and those in our eight Sister Cities:

  • Bahia Blanca, Argentina

  • Curitiba, Brazil

  • Changwon City, South Korea

  • Murmansk, Russia

  • Nantes, France

  • Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, South Africa

  • San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Yingkou, China


Jacksonville has three "Friendship City" relationships, which are partnerships that are less formal and more limited in scope:

  • Ningbo, China

  • Shaoxing, China

  • Suzhou, China


JSCA sponsors a variety of business, cultural, educational, and professional exchanges with its twinned cities.


Our organization is a member of Sister Cities International, whose mission is to “promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, & cooperation – one individual, one community at a time.” Our motto is "Peace Through People" and we strive to achieve this daily.

We warmly invite you to join our journey to promote peace through citizen diplomacy — and make new friends — by becoming part of our global family at JSCA.

Board of Directors

Dr. Cynthia Robinson, President

Mario Decunto, VP Bahia Blanca

Young Kim, VP Changwon

Sheila Kloc, VP Nantes

Felice Franklin, VP Nelson Mandela Bay

Arlene Ortiz, VP San Juan

Wen Raiti, VP Suzhou

Shuangshuang Shu, VP Yingkou

Dr. Richard Danford

Bob Doering

Maurice Edwards

Mark Gebhardt

Carlos Pagan

Bulian Pan

Juliette Patterson

Caroline Sistare

Tom Walburn

Our Mission

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