Contact Kent's Sister Cities Assn.

Tracie Leistiko, President


Kent Sister Cities

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Kent's Sister Cities Program provides opportunities to establish meaningful and lasting global friendships, partnerships, and connections. Youth exchanges and other events deepen our community's connection to the diverse populations living in our city and our connections around the world.

Tamba, Japan 

Tamba is an agricultural community located in the Khogo Prefecture, Hansai region north of Kobe. The City of Kent has had a relationship with Tamba for almost 40 years, becoming an official Sister City in 1995. This friendship organization was established initially to promote annual student exchanges. 

Sister City Liaison for Tamba
TJ Spring


Sunnfjord Area, Norway

The Sunnfjord Area is rich in tradition and culture. Home to many artists, handcrafters, folk musicians and dancers, the relationship between Kent and the SunnfjordArea (Kommunes of Forde, Jolster, Naustdal, Gaular) began in 1993, and was formally proclaimed as a Sister City in 1996.

See recent information and pictures on our Facebook page.

Sister City Liaison for Sunnfjord Area

Florence Amundsen




Yangzhou, China

The ancient city of Yangzhou was settled over 2,400 years ago. Located northwest of Shanghai in the Yantze River delta, Yangzhou is well known for its fine cuisine, lacquer ware, jade carving, beautiful gardens, lakes and canals. The friendship between Kent and Yangzhou began in 1993 with each city exchanging commemorative garden pavilions. The relationship has continued to grow through the exchange of information and delegations in cultural, economic, educational, and municipal interests. 

See recent information and pictures on our Facebook page.

Sister City Liaison for Yangzhou
John Holt


Youth Ambassador Exchange Program

The Kent Sister City committees in China, Japan and Norway each sponsor an annual Youth Ambassador Exchange Program offering Kent high school students opportunities to appreciate and understand the culture of one of our sister cities through a home stay experience for three weeks. The selected Youth Ambassadors will then reciprocate by hosting their host brother or sister for approximately the same length of time in Kent.

Download the application here.