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File #: 0468-2018    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 2/5/2018 In control: Economic Development & Small Business Committee
On agenda: 2/12/2018 Final action: 2/14/2018
Title: To authorize the Director of the Department of Development to enter into contract with Greater Columbus Sister Cities International in support of events celebrating the sister city relationship with Genoa, Italy; to authorize an appropriation and expenditure within the Neighborhood Initiatives subfund; and to declare an emergency. ($25,000.00)
Sponsors: Jaiza Page, Priscilla Tyson
Attachments: 1. Ord 0468-2018 Legislation Template
Explanation
This ordinance authorizes the Director of the Department of Development to enter into contract with Greater Columbus Sister Cities International (GCSCI) in support of events celebrating the sister city relationship with Genoa, Italy.

Genoa is Columbus’ first sister city, having formalized the relationship in 1955. In an effort to promote ongoing social, cultural, and economic exchange, the city is currently partnering with Greater Columbus Sister Cities to plan and execute several events in celebration of our sister city relationship with Genoa.

In 2017, Columbus City Council and GCSCI partnered with the Italian Festival to host the first annual Columbus Pesto Championship. The 2017 champion, Marcello Canova, won the right to represent Columbus and the United States at the Pesto World Championship in Genoa on March 17, 2018.

Two additional events will celebrate the sister city relationship with Genoa. Between March 25th and April 8th, 2018, the city will host “1,000 People of Genoa,” a photographic portraiture exhibit by artist Timothy Emanuele Costa. The exhibit will include installations at the Cultural Arts Center, the Columbus Museum of Art, John Glenn International Airport, Franklin Park Conservatory, and the greater Columbus Convention Center. Later in 2018, Columbus will host “Il Cannone Guarnerius,” a violin used by Niccolo Paganini and a national treasure of Italy, for performances organized by the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

Columbus City Council will provide resources to Greater Columbus Sister Cities in order to support ongoing planning efforts for the remaining Genoa Sister City events.

Emergency action is requested in order to immediately provide Greater Columbus Sister Cities International with the resources necessary to execute the events.

Fiscal Impact: Funding is available within the Neighborhood Initiatives subfund.

Title
To authorize the Director of the Department of Development to enter into contract with Greater Columbus...

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