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Tulsa Global Alliance is the merged organization of the International Council of Tulsa (ICT) and Sister Cities International of Tulsa (SCIT). The City of Tulsa designated TGA as the organization responsible for managing its Sister Cities activities. The two separate organizations were merged into TGA in 1995.
The International Council of Tulsa began in 1976 by volunteers and the Metropolitan Tulsa Chamber of Commerce. Sister Cities was organized by volunteers under the auspices of Mayor Terry Young in 1986. As a result of the merger, TGA was able to remove duplications of effort and was able to better tie together the individual program goals of the separate organizations with the broader objectives of Tulsa's educational, cultural, and economic goals.
Today, TGA celebrates 40-plus years of serving the Tulsa community by advocating for and furthering the principles of "citizen diplomacy" through our visitor programs, our Sister Cities relationships, our global education efforts, and our trade and business seminars.
Vision Statement: Tulsa is a vibrant community that thinks globally, acts globally, and connects globally.
Mission Statement: Tulsa Global Alliance builds global community.
CITY of TULSA
The City of Tulsa and Mayor G.T. Bynum support Tulsa Global Alliance and its mission by including TGA in the annual budget.
TGA coordinates and staffs activities involving Tulsa's relationship with its eight International Sister Cities, and promotes and provides opportunities for cultural diversification, economic development, and tourism.
Banners for our eight International Sister Cities are displayed outside the Council Chamber on the second floor of City Hall.
TULSA CITY-COUNTY LIBRARY
TGA enjoys a wonderful partnership with the
Tulsa City-County Library, as evidenced by its support and hosting of our annual World in a Box Day, typically held in late summer.
World in a Box Day is a four-hour community event featuring TGA's Culture Boxes, with booths and representatives from numerous countries.
Our 2018 event had more than 800 attendees!
The library has been instrumental in partnering with TGA to deliver cultural interactive events for children and families, and our Sister Cities have been well represented at library festivals.
TGA is fortunate to have partnerships with the following institutions and representatives.
We deeply appreciate their support.
Oklahoma State University--Tulsa. TGA offices are located on the OSU--Tulsa campus in the Main Hall.
The University of Tulsa often provides space for our meetings with international guests. TGA also works with The Center for Global Education and The Collins College of Business.
Oral Roberts University's International Center.
Tulsa Community College has generously donated spaces for our SAVOR! International Food Tasting Event and provided meeting rooms for the Board of Directors.