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February 27, 2020

Iowa Sister States was pleased to host the Mayors of Kosovo today, as well as representatives of Iowa Sister Cities of Johnston, Norwalk, and Fort Dodge. There were introductions, welcomes, and presentations which all highlighted the important relationship between Iowa...

February 21, 2020

Iowa Sister States held our volunteer appreciation event at The Purveyor (@the_purveyor_dsm) in Des Moines. A selection of delicious (with a focus on local) Italian charcuterie, bruscetta and crostini, rice balls, yummy baked goods and beverages were available to our g...

January 30, 2020

We have been so pleased to host our Open World delegates from Ukraine this week! Their program, "Health Reform in Legislation" has been chock-a-block with informational sessions from all walks of the health field here in Iowa.  The delegates met with representatives fr...

January 2, 2020

Iowa Sister States has moved to 1963 Bell Avenue in Des Moines. All other information stays the same. 

November 15, 2018

ISS is excited to announce the following recipients of the Robert D. Ray Iowa Sister States Service Award!

For Outstanding Cooperating Organization we have:

· Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival

· Iowa National Guard

· Iowa Economic Development Authority

· Johnston Police Department


October 31, 2018

Iowa Sister States is pleased to announce that it is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Robert D. Ray Iowa Sister State Volunteer Awards.  The award given each year recognizes outstanding volunteers and partners by awarding them the Robert D. Ray Service Award in t...

June 18, 2018

Earlier this year there was a unique addition to the Drake football team game schedule; one that would take them half way around the world. To China to be exact. It's true, with the help of Global Football, Drake lined up a game against a Chinese all-star team in the D...

June 5, 2018

From scholarships to immersion tours to planting herbs together, citizens in Iowa and Yucatán have been working hard to bring our two communities together. Already this spring we have had multiple meetings and trips between Iowa and Yucatán and are excited to be moving...

January 8, 2018

Iowa Sister States, in partnership with the Kosovo Consulate located in Des Moines, are proud to announce the upcoming visit of Kosovo’s own First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Behgjet Pacolli.

While in Iowa, the Deputy Prime Minister will m...

November 17, 2017

Iowa Sister States is excited to announce the Jeff Zimpleman Iowa Sister States Scholarship.  It is unique in that it is specifically for Iowa students to further their interest in the world of international relations via one of Iowa’s 9 sister state relationships.