Welcoming Accra, Ghana as Chattanooga’s newest Sister City

The City of Chattanooga has announced it will formally sign an agreement with leaders in Accra, the capital city of Ghana to become the city’s first Sister City in the African continent.

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Chattanooga is making new global moves.

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Chattanooga is growing its global partnerships and expanding into new borders with a recent announcement of adding Accra, Ghana as a new Sister City — the city’s first connection in the continent of Africa.

What does being a Sister City mean? Accra will join seven other international cities that have partnerships with the Sister City Association of Chattanooga, Inc. (SCA), a volunteer-led nonprofit that began with its first city — Hamm, Germany — in 1975.

SCA works to foster long-lasting relationships with other parts of our world by focusing on cultural, educational, institutional, and commercial exchanges. Think: Hosting students and official delegates, opening educational opportunities on language + culture, and exploring global business relationships.

Bonus: Get a look at Chattanooga’s current Sister City partnerships on our interactive map.

The City of Chattanooga’s Communications Manager Liam Collins said the connection with Accra began back in mid-2022 as an official “Friendship City relationship,” before opening up the conversation to become a Sister City.

As part of SCA’s mission to strengthen global relationships, each Sister City has a vice president. Resident Kanika Wellington-Jones has been appointed this seat for Accra + played a role in facilitating the change over to an official partnership.

"[...] It’s overdue that we establish one of these connections on the African continent, and I can think of no better partner than Accra,” said Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly. “Many Chattanooga residents have West African roots, and we look forward to robust partnerships and cultural exchange, especially for our youth.”

Leaders from Accra will meet with Mayor Kelly + other officials virtually on Thursday, Feb. 29 for an official signing of the partnership.

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