May 14, 2016

Testimonials

“Columbus Sister Cities International’s programs directly assist in reducing barriers and building strong relationships that lead to successful business development. By building these strong collaborations, Columbus is playing a major international role that is critical to growth in the 21st century.”

Andrew Ginther

Andrew Ginther
Mayor of Columbus, Ohio
Honorary Chair, Greater Columbus Sister Cities International

 

 

 


 

“Building relationships to do business is [so] natural – Greater Columbus Sister Cities provides the ability for us to do so as we travel abroad to get to know our “sisters” throughout the world and develop those relationships. Only then, can we talk about how to best help each other thrive in business development!”

Marilyn Brown

Marilyn Brown
Franklin County Commissioner 

 

 

 

 


 

“My Life has been changed for the better because of what Greater Columbus Sister Cities International did to make the marathon ambassador program work. Going to Hefei, China through this effort allowed me to tell the wonderful story of the Columbus region to college students, government leaders, citizens, and marathon runners there.”

Paul Carringer

 

Paul Carringer
CSCC Professor, Columbus Marathon Ambassador

 

 

 


 

“Greater Columbus Sister Cities International provides excellent leadership in setting the conditions for business and government leaders to learn, build relationships and identify opportunities that will impact our mutual business environments for years to come.”

Rick Coplin
Rick Coplin
Rev1 Ventures

 

 

 


 

“As Columbus continues to grow, we must continue to develop relationships with our world class sister cities.   These partnerships enhance our quality of life in Columbus as well as allows us to export “the Columbus Way”, of partnership and collaboration to provide for residents.”

Shannon G. Hardin
Shannon G. Hardin
Columbus City Council President

 

 

 


 

“Curitiba is a smart, young, entrepreneurial community, much like Franklin County, and Greater Columbus Sister Cities has done an excellent job in connecting the two communities and strengthening relationships. This will allow for future educational, cultural and business development exchanges.”

Erik Janas
Deputy County Administrator, Franklin County

 


 

“Franklin County has long been a supporter of Greater Columbus Sister Cities International and its work to foster economic opportunity and cultural partnerships between Franklin County and communities across the world. I’ve seen firsthand through two outbound trips to our sister cities in India and Spain, and through engagement here locally, that GCSCI facilitates a critical link to people and places around the world, setting the table for the exchange of ideas, best practices, goods and services, and cultural understanding.”

John O’GradyJohn O’Grady
Franklin County Commissioner

 

 

 

 


 

“We continue to display extensive Sister Cities content on screens at Port Columbus…ample testimony to the value the Columbus Regional Airport Authority places on the work of the Sister Cities organization.”

Elaine Roberts
Elaine Roberts
Retired, President and CEO, Columbus Regional Airport Authority

 

 

 


 

“This trip was a great opportunity to see how other cultures have addressed issues that we face in Central Ohio. The opportunity to meet other business leaders and government officials provided great insight into how the connected we are to the rest of the world and how similar we are in the issues we face here in the United States and in Central Ohio.”

Jim Russell
Jim Russell, Executive Vice President, The Pizzuti Companies
Adjunct Professor, The Ohio State University

 

 

 


 

“I am predicting the GCSCI trip to Spain will truly be a bench mark in Columbus’ future relations with the country and our sister city of Seville.”

Jim Schimmer
Jim Schimmer, Director
Franklin County Economic Development & Planning Department

 

 

 


 

“I have had great experiences traveling with GCSCI.  The organization offers unique opportunities to engage in cultural exchanges that not only enrich our City but also allows us to share what makes Columbus special with countries around the world.”

Priscilla Tyson
Priscilla Tyson
Council Member, City of Columbus