Growing Columbus….

Through Powerful

Connections

Greater Columbus Sister Cities International creates exchanges and connections that promote peace and strengthen communities. By celebrating and appreciating differences around the world, we can build long-lasting relationships, increase international trade and empower the future leaders of tomorrow.

Join us in Connecting Columbus to the World

Join Us As A Global Partner

Your organization will support the year-long, impactful programming of Greater Columbus Sister Cities International.

Join Us As A Donor

Our donors understand the importance of international connections that expand our understanding of the world and each other.

Our Sister Cities

Accra, Ghana

Sister City since 2015

Our Sister City

Relationship

Columbus and Accra worked together on the Initiative for Food and Agricultural Transformation.

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Ahmedabad, India

Sister City since 2008

Our Sister City

Relationship

Ahmedabad and Columbus’ relationship is rooted in a mutual passion for business and economic growth, along with the largely expanding Indian population in Columbus.

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Curitiba, Brazil

Sister City since 2014

Our Sister City

Relationship

Over the last few years, we have worked with Curitiba on multiple different exchange programs including our annual Marathon Exchange.

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Dresden, Germany

Sister City since 1992

Our Sister City

Relationship

We’ve worked with Dresden to create multiple different cultural exchange programs including the Marathon Exchange, and the Dresden Summer Language Program.

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Genoa, Italy

Sister City since 1955

Our Sister City

Relationship

For over 60 years we have worked with Genoa to provide both of our cities with a greater sense of cultural enrichment.

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Hefei, China

Sister City since 1988

Our Sister City

Relationship

We have worked with Hefei to create multiple cultural exchange programs, including our annual Marathon Exchange.

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Herzliya, Israel

Sister City since 1994

Our Sister City

Relationship
The relationship between our cities is rooted in our mutual passions for economic development and growth.

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Odense, Denmark

Sister City since 1988

Our Sister City

Relationship
GCSCI led a group of Ohio State University’s business students on a trip to Odense to learn about the sustainability-centered culture of Denmark.

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Seville, Spain

Sister City since 1988

Our Sister City

Relationship
We have worked with Seville to develop multiple exchange programs, including the “Experience Seville“delegation led by Commissioner John O’Grady.

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Tainan City, Taiwan

Sister City since 1980

Our Sister City

Relationship

Tainan City is the first Sister City that Columbus had in Asia.

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What is a Sister City?
A sister city, county, or state relationship is a broad-based, long-term partnership between two communities in two countries. A sister city, county, or state relationship is officially recognized after the highest elected or appointed official from both communities sign off on an agreement.  Sister city relationships offer the flexibility to form connections between communities that are mutually beneficial and which address issues that are most relevant for partners.

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“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
Mayor of Columbus, Ohio
Honorary Chair, Greater Columbus Sister Cities International

Featured Events

Columbus Pesto Championship

The sister city relationship between Genoa, Italy and Columbus, Ohio has been in place since 1955. Ten local contestants will take the stage to see who can produce the best pesto in the City of Columbus.

Dresden Education Exchange

Dresden became a Sister City on June 4, 1992. Since the start of our relationship, we’ve worked with Dresden to create multiple different cultural exchange programs.

Sister City Marathon Exchange

This program is intended to promote international exchange by sending local runners to represent Columbus as Cultural Ambassadors to run a half or full marathon in either the Dresden, Germany; Hefei, China; or Curitiba, Brazil.

Our Global Partners