Please welcome Greater Columbus Sister Cities International's new President Tim Sword!  

Mr. Sword has more than 18 years of experience working with Ohio and U.S. companies to build their exporting capacity by leveraging federal and state resources. He has organized and participated in more than 33 international trade missions to 22 countries.  Most recently, he worked for the State of Ohio as the Global Agriculture Program Manager where he founded the successful and nationally recognized Ohio Export Internship Program (EIP).  EIP is a partnership between The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business and the Ohio Development Services Agency that provides export training to motivated students then matches them with Ohio companies for an export focused summer internship. 

 Tim holds a B.A. in Agriculture Economics and Applied Business from The Ohio State University in addition to being a Certified Global Business Professional accredited by the National Association of Small Business International Trade Educators (NASBITE).  He also works as an adjunct professor at The Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business teaching courses that have included leading his students on international field trips to Panama, Costa Rica, Brazil and Denmark.

We are very excited to see where Tim's leadership takes our organization.  

A Message from the Mayor of Columbus...

On behalf of the City of Columbus, I would like to welcome you to the Greater Columbus Sister Cities International website.

Columbus values its sister cities relationships, because it is one more tool to expand our borders, our trade opportunities, our experiences and our world. We strive to create mutually beneficial relationships with our sister cities, facilitating economic, cultural and educational exchanges that strengthen our cities and broaden the horizons of our citizens.

Columbus has a very diverse population, and that diversity is reflected in our sister city connections throughout the world. Because of the diversity of our arts, culture, economy and neighborhoods, our city is part of a global community.

Mayor Michael B. Coleman,
Honorary Board Chair