Charlottesville's sister cities

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Charlottesville has four sister cities with one on emeritus status.

Charlottesville's sister-city program is coordinated by the Sister Cities Commission, and the city is a member of Sister Cities International.[2].

In 2019, the Sister City Commission announced it would seek a Spanish-speaking community as the next sister city. [3] The City Council considered a new city in Guatemala on December 7, 2020. [4] Ultimately, the status of "friendship city" was accorded to the city of Huehuetenango, Guatemala on that day, with the community's sister city status still pending.[5]

Commemorative clock

To commemorate the four cities, the city considered building a clock. The item received a certificate of appropriateness from the Board of Architectural Review on March 15, 2011.[6] However, the project died when the design that won a contest came with a $60,000 cost estimate. City Council had only set aside $25,000 for the project. The Sister Cities Commission decided against fundraising for the balance. [7]


At one point, the city had a sister city relationship with Long Beach, Washington. [8] However, that no longer seems to be the case.


  1. Web. [1], Sean Tubbs, News Article, Town Crier Productions, December 9, 2020, retrieved August 6, 2023.
  2. Web. Sister Cities Program, City of Charlottesville, retrieved 5 Oct 2009.
  3. Web. Charlottesville’s Sister City Commission narrows down list of choices, Moriah Davis and Hailey Wilt, News Article, NBC29, November 21, 2019, retrieved November 24, 2019.
  4. Web. December 7, 2020: Republicans to choose statewide candidates through unassembled convention, Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Community Engagement, Town Crier Productions, December 7, 2020, retrieved December 7, 2020.
  5. Web. Charlottesville Sister Cities Commission Now Accepting Grant Applications, City of Charlottesville, 12/16/2020
  6. Web. BAR Actions for March 15, 2011, Mary Joy Scala, City of Charlottesville, March 16, 2011, retrieved March 28, 2011.
  7. E-mail. Paige Barfield, City Council Clerk, City of Charlottesville. "sister cities clock?." Message to Sean Tubbs, Charlottesville Tomorrow. June 28, 2012.
  8. Web. Charlottesville City Council meeting minutes, .pdf, Council Chambers, City of Charlottesville, January 6, 2003.

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