Montana Sister State Relationships
Many Montana communities have benefited from international relationships with regions of other nations by enriching our cultural diversity and global understanding. The State of Montana and cities across the State have established a number of formal and informal international relationships. These relationships vary in the level of activities and are ultimately dependent upon citizen involvement for creating dynamic exchange opportunities and welcoming visitors.
Montanans have enjoyed a wide range of educational and culture exchanges including music, sports, business, performing and visual arts, and traditional festivals. Conversely, Montana students, teachers, performing artists and citizens have been afforded the opportunity to travel abroad and participate in exchange events. These exchange programs have helped put Montana on the world map as a tourist destination and place of academic excellence.
Establishing long-term international relationships and building trust is paramount to doing business globally. Sister state relationships formalized with other governments legitimize the efforts of the private sector and illustrate a commitment to long-term relationships. Sister state relationships provide companies another way of establishing and strengthening their international networks. Since these exchanges and relationships are already in place, the people you meet will know a little bit about where you are from and may have even met other Montanans. When you travel to a sister region, you will be greeted as much more than a potential business partner; you will be welcomed as a friend.