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Birmingham Sister City Program Continues to Soar

MEDIA ADVISORY Thursday, June 12, 2014
Contact: Brittany Sharp
Phone: 205-721-5369

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Birmingham City Councilor Kimberly Rafferty is inviting the public to learn more about Birmingham’s Sister City Program through an ongoing international flag display along the 1st Avenue side of East Lake Park. A group of officials will formally kick off the display Friday June 13th at 2 p.m.

“This partnership with Sister Cities is to promote Birmingham’s international diversity,” stated Councilor Rafferty. “Flags are a great way to spark interest, show respect, and remind people of the importance of partnership and commitment.”

The Sister City Commission has partnered with Councilor Rafferty to display the flags of Birmingham’s 14 Sister City countries along with flags representing the United States, the five branches of the American Armed Forces, the State of Alabama, and the City of Birmingham.

“Sister Cities feels that showcasing these international flags will further illustrate that Birmingham is emerging as a global city,” said Scotty Colson with the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development. Colson added that, “These flags are physical evidence of our growing impact and influence on people and cultures worldwide.

The Birmingham Sister City Commission is a non-profit citizen group dedicated to cultivating and promoting global cooperation, cultural understanding, and economic development between the people of the Birmingham metropolitan community and cities around the world.

For more information please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information, Brittany Sharp at 205-721-5369 or