Sister Cities

The Renton Sister Cities Association (RSCA) is a nonprofit organization working in partnership with the City of Renton to enhance citizen understanding and appreciation for other cultures and promote international goodwill and cooperation through people to people relationships world-wide.

Programming provides opportunities which engage Renton residents, organizations, groups, government, and businesses through social, cultural, humanitarian, arts, health, economic, and educational activities, events, and exchanges.

Renton's Sister Cities are Nishiwaki, Japan (established 1969), and Cuautla, Mexico (established 2001).

Involvement and participation with the two sister cities enhances cultural awareness and mutual appreciation, creates lasting community friendships, provides opportunities for professional exchanges, and strengthens international relationships.

Sister city programs and activities:

  • Expanding citizen understanding of other cultures by promoting an awareness of cultural diversity
  • Providing opportunities for social, cultural and educational enrichment
  • Supporting humanitarian efforts
  • Exchanging public art
  • Encouraging opportunities for tourist promotion
  • Sharing expertise in municipal problem-solving
  • Coordinating official delegation visits

Although their is an official partnerships  with the governments of the two cities, the strength and vitality of a long-term association rests in the hands of citizen volunteers, participants, partnerships, and the Renton Sister Cities Association. Sister city committees are typically comprised of representatives from Renton businesses, service clubs, Renton School District, Renton Chamber of Commerce, and residents.

Renton Sister Cities Association

Renton-Cuautla Sister City Committee
Chair: Rich Wagner
Renton-Nishiwaki Sister City Committee
Chair: Chris Johnson


Cuautla, Jalisco, Mexico

The City of Renton established a new Sister City relationship with Cuautla, Jalisco, Mexico, in August 2001.

The State of Washington and the Mexico State of Jalisco have a sister state relationship that helped lay the foundation for the bond between Renton and Cuautla.

Located in the mountainous region of southeast Jalisco, Cuautla is a small community of about 3,000 people. Fundamental to the special connection between Renton and Cuautla, are Cuautla's "Absent Sons," of which many live in or near Renton. The "Absent Sons," as they are referred to in Cuautla, are a band of greater Puget Sound Region restauranteurs who left Cuautla when they were young men, came to the United States, and opened the majority of the Mexican restaurants we patronize today: Azteca, La Fuente, La Hacienda, Las Margaritas, Mayas, Mazatlan, Tapatios, Taqueria Guaymas, and Torero's to name just a few.

Nishiwaki, Japan

This year, Renton and Nishiwaki are celebrating the 50th Anniversary (1969-2019) of our Sister City relationship.  A citizens’ delegation from Nishiwaki, Japan, will visit Renton October 16-18, 2019.  Sister city volunteers have been working in partnership with the City of Renton to plan and organize this year’s 50th anniversary activities.   Several of the delegates will stay with Renton-based host families, and remaining delegates will stay at the Renton Red Lion Hotel.  Highlights of this year’s delegation activities include:  tour and lunch at Renton Technical College, a community event at Luther’s Table, Official Ceremony and lunch at Renton City Hall, tour of the Renton Boeing Plant and shopping the Boeing Store, Nishiwaki Lane along the Cedar River, coffee and tea ceremony at Boon Boona in downtown Renton, dinner at Torero’s, Seattle-based locations such as Pike Place and Space Needle, and a farewell dinner

Contact Chris Johnson committee chairman, for more information. 

Renton's sister city relationship with Nishiwaki began in 1969 when a sister city alliance with Nishiwaki, Japan, was forged by the Renton Lions Club with support of other civic organizations to promote mutual understanding and good will between the United States and Japan.

In an effort to enhance a sister city relationship with Nishiwaki, the Renton City Council in 1994 passed a resolution establishing an official City of Renton Nishiwaki Sister City Committee. The Washington - Hyogo, Japan Sister State association strengthens the relationship between Renton and Nishiwaki.

This sister city relationship pairs two cities with strikingly similar characteristics:

  • Both are located in a valley with a river running through the center of town in Hyogo, Japan
  • The climates are very similar
  • Both cities are industrial based
  • Nishiwaki is known internationally for its production of textiles and also fly-fishing hooks.
  • Nishiwaki is located near the city of Kobe, which is one of Seattle's sister cities. West of the city of Nishiwaki lies Kent's sister city, and west of there lies Auburn's sister city.
  • Nishiwaki population was about 40,000, at the time of the relationship, which was comparable to Renton's.

Program Partnerships

  • City of Renton
  • Renton Lodging Tax Advisory Committee
  • Mitsubishi
  • Renton Lions Club
  • Renton Technical College
  • Boeing
  • Torero’s Mexican Family Restaurant
  • Uwajimaya
  • Bernadene & Denny Dochnahl
  • Dave & Barbara Reed
  • Yamato Transport USA, Inc.

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