Luncheon Forum with City Controller Ronald C. Green

Luncheon Forum with City Controller Ronald C. Green

Luncheon Forum with City Controller Ronald C. Green

Istanbul 2010 - European Capital of Culture

Istanbul 2010 - European Capital of Culture

Istanbul 2010 - European Capital of Culture

Opening Ceremony, TurkicFest 2009, Houston

Helicopter View, TurkicFest 2009, Houston

Playground, TurkicFest 2009, Houston

Ottoman Military Band, TurkicFest 2009, Houston

Audience, TurkicFest 2009, Houston

Water Marbling, TurkicFest 2009, Houston

Downtown, Houston

Houston Rockets

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Nasa Johnson Space Center, Houston

Houston Texans

Eminonu, Istanbul

Ortakoy Mosque, Istanbul

Welcome Letter
Welcome to the Houston-Istanbul Sister Cities Association (HISCA), an association that strives to connect the Houston metropolitan area and the city of Istanbul through cooperation in business, culture and education.  We seek to promote Istanbul heritage and traditions and Turkish culture through extensive community outreach, broad assistance to people in need and intercultural exchange.

The initiative of establishing Sister Cities came from US President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  In an effort to lessen the chance of future world conflicts, the President proposed a people-to-people network between the United States and other nations that would involve people and organized groups at all levels of society. US cities were encouraged to partner with cities in other countries and create citizen diplomacy networks to build global cooperation, promote cultural understanding and stimulate economic development.  These programs were to be based on two-way communication that would mutually benefit those partnering communities.  

In response to this call for citizen diplomacy, Mayor Kathryn Whitmire took the first steps in bonding the two world energy capitals in the 1988.  Eventually, after the required formalities had been completed, the Houston Istanbul Sister City Association was officially established.

Since then, HISCA has been run by volunteers as a non-profit organization.  Under the umbrella of Sister Cities International, HISCA is an affiliate of the Sister Cities of Houston program, which is managed by the Houston Mayor’s International Protocol Alliance office.  We work closely with the Turkish Consulate in Houston and Turkish American Community and with government and municipal officials in Houston and Istanbul.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our website and we look forward to seeing you again.
 
Thank you for your interest in HISCA.

President

M.Ruhi Ozgel