The mayor of the town in Tennessee has written to Laois County Council.
A town in The United States is looking to re-establish its connection with Laois.
The mayor of Franklin, Tennessee, which is twinned with Portlaoise, has written to the local authority in order to start the process.
Laois County Council is now establishing a committee tasked with re-engaging with linked towns around the globe.
Independent councillor James Kelly says the benefits of the arrangements are great for rural communities: