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Greater Columbus Sister Cities International holds athlete exchanges each year with our sister cities that also host a marathon or half marathon. This year, we are excited to continue our exchange program with Hefei, China, Curitiba, Brazil and for the fifth year, Dresden, Germany! 

Three local athletes stand a chance of representing Columbus at the Hefei International Marathon, and another three will run in the Curitiba Marathon. To mark the fifth year, we are looking to send another five runners to Dresden, Germany.

Before sending off our Columbus representatives, we kickstart this year's exchange program by hosting athlete representatives from each of the three participating cities to take part in our very own Columbus Marathon in October! 



disaster2.jpgOn February 6th Columbus’ Sister City Tainan which is located in Taiwan, Republic of China was severely impacted by an earthquake that hit close to Tainan. In light of the tragic events unfolding in Tainan, Greater Columbus Sister Cities International, Inc., along with the City of Columbus and the Board of Commissioners, Franklin County, are partnering to encourage the community to support relief efforts by generously donating to the Tainan Disaster Relief Fund of The Columbus Foundation. Additional information about the fund can be found at

accra_news.jpgOn November 30, 2015 Mayor Coleman and Mayor Vanderpuije of Accra, Ghana came together to sign an agreement which entered Columbus into a formal partnership with Accra, Ghana!! The ceremony took place in the beautiful King Arts Complex's Pythian Theater in front of a crowd of about 150 people. With thousands of Ghanaians living in Columbus, important community ties with the Accra region are already in place. Greater Columbus is committed to celebrating its Ghanaian community as well as fostering a connection between the Black Diaspora and the African continent. This partnership is a multi-dimensional one seeking to create exchanges in economic development, arts & culture, education, as well as promote environmental stewardship.

genoa_news.jpgOriginally posted 

I have always had the desire to travel abroad, but I’ve never been interested in sitting on a beach, soaking up the sun. My ideal trip for my first time abroad included opportunities for professional development as well as cultural exchanges. This trip finally came into motion when I came across the Greater Columbus Sister Cities International website.

On the website I saw that GCSCI was looking for professionals in their 20s and 30s to help strengthen business ties and build professional relationships with Genoa, Italy, a sister city to Columbus. I quickly applied and within a month I was interviewed by the GCSCI president, Tim Sword. Within a week after the interview, I was selected along with seven other delegates to head to Genoa for my first trip abroad this past October. Councilwoman Priscilla Tyson would be leading this trip.  

unnamed.jpgColumbus’ newest sister city, Accra, the capital of Ghana, suffered a tragedy this week. Heavy rains caused massive flooding in the city which killed an estimated 25 people, according to the BBC. On Wednesday night, the floods caused an Accra gas station to explode and set fire to businesses in the surrounding neighborhood. The BBC is reporting at least 150 fatalities from the explosion and fire.

It is believed that the rising waters carried fuel from the gas station into a fire at a nearby location, sparking the explosion. Ghana’s president, John Dramani Mahama, announced the nation would observe three days of mourning for those lost in the floods and the fire. Mahama also said measures must be taken to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.