The Kettering City Council established the Kettering Sister City Committee on March 28, 1967. Our mission is to build people-to-people relationships, based on youth and adult exchange visits, and social and cultural gatherings. The Kettering Sister Cities Committee is part of Sister Cities International, formerly known as the Town Affiliation Association of the U.S., Inc. President Dwight D. Eisenhower initiated the program in 1957. Its purpose is to help further international understanding at all levels of the community on a continuing long-term basis through cultural, educational, professional and technical exchanges.
The city of Kettering has two sister city affiliations. Our relationship with Steyr, Austria was established by City ordinance in March, 1970, and our relationship with the Borough of Kettering, England, in February, 1978. The Kettering Sister City program has received many international awards at international conferences including Best Overall Program Award in 1995, 1991, 1988, 1980, 1972.