Sister city partnerships can play a new role in the global economy. Two ‘sisters’ Adelaide (South Australia) and Austin (Texas) are a perfect example of how collaboration can help develop both local economies – piggybacking off each other’s strengths.
Both cities have climate, geographical and economic similarities. There’s a high quality of life, affordable housing, quality healthcare, a well-educated workforce, a strong music and arts scene, and many other mirroring attributes.
Currently, Adelaide and Austin are working on Smart City strategies, including hosting large events and festivals. Both identify future jobs and 21st Century capabilities across education, entrepreneurship, events, film, innovation, music, and workforce. There’s a strong startup and arts scene in both, such as the Adelaide Film Festival, Entrepreneurs Week, Fringe Festival, Open State and Austin’s SXSW.
The tangible benefits of sister-city relationships lie in trade and economic development, international education, cultural exchange, knowledge and information sharing, and tourism. Read More