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Last Updated: January 14, 2020

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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.


November 17, 2017

Kosovo Consulate officials have announced that they will hold a public flag raising ceremony at 8:30 am on Monday, November 20th at the Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo.  The Consulate is located at 309 Court Avenue in Des Moines.

The Kosovo Consulate is Iowa’s first...

July 13, 2017

Iowa Sister States and the Consulate of the Republic of Kosovo in Des Moines hosted a delegation featuring Kosovo's Minister of Education, Science, and Technology, Dr. Arsim Bajrami. The delegation from Kosovo met with leaders from colleges and universities across the...

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January 2, 2020