Iowa Sister States announces that Iowa’s official partnership with China’s Hebei Province has won the Longest U.S.-China Sister City (State) Relationship award from Sister Cities International. Representatives from both Iowa Sister States and Hebei Province will travel to Washington, D.C., in March to receive the award.

"I’m so thrilled about the recognition." Said Dr. Will Zhang, chair of the Hebei Country Committee and an Iowa Sister States board member. "This prestigious award recognizes the tireless efforts, the unmatchable enthusiasm and the so-much appreciated generosity of our volunteers and supporters over the past three decades. It will undoubtedly inspire Iowa Sister States to strengthen its friendship with its eight sister states in other countries as well."

Iowa Sister States (ISS) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1985 to manage Iowa’s official relationship with foreign states, as established by the governor of Iowa. There are nine of these, including: Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan (1960), Yucatan, Mexico (1965), Hebei Province, China (1983), Terengganu, Malaysia (1987), Stavropol Krai, Russia (1988), Taiwan (1989), Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine (1996), Veneto Region, Italy (1997) and Kosovo (2013).

ISS is a volunteer organization dedicated to connecting Iowans with the world community. To learn more about ISS, visit our website, join our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter!