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File #: 1679-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/18/2021 In control: Economic Development Committee
On agenda: 7/12/2021 Final action: 7/15/2021
Title: To authorize the Director of the Department of Development to enter into a grant agreement with Columbus Sister Cities International Inc. in an amount up to $150,000.00 for the purpose of promoting business, government, cultural, educational and environmental exchanges between the Columbus Sister Cities; to authorize the transfer of $50,000.00, within the General Fund, from the Department of Development Division of Administration to the Division of Economic Development; to authorize the expenditure of $150,000.00 from the 2021 General Fund Budget; and to declare an emergency. ($150,000.00)
Attachments: 1. ORD1679-2021 2021-06-23 ED Sister Cities 2021 GF
Explanation
BACKGROUND: This legislation authorizes the Director of Development to enter into a grant agreement with Columbus Sister Cities International Inc. (CSCI) in an amount up to $150,000.00 to administer the Columbus Sister Cities International Program for the purpose of promoting business, government, cultural, educational and environmental exchanges between the Columbus Sister Cities as well as long term economic development.

The ten Sister Cities are: Accra in Ghana, Ahmedabad in India, Curtiba in Brazil, Dresden in Germany, Genoa in Italy, Hefei in China, Herzliya in Israel, Odense in Denmark, Seville in Spain and Tainan in Taiwan. City funding has been provided in previous years to support staffing and administrative cost of CSCI. CSCI has worked diligently to raise capital for its overall operation. Additional support is required to maintain a full-time executive director and to defray miscellaneous administrative cost.

Emergency action is requested to allow Columbus Sister Cities International Inc. to continue to provide uninterrupted services in the promotion and implementation of international projects.

FISCAL IMPACT: $150,000.00 is available in the Department’s 2021 General Fund budget, $50,000.00 in Administration and $100,000.00 in Economic Development. Funding will be transferred from Administration to Economic Development.

CONTRACT COMPLIANCE: The vendor number is 005482 and expires on 6/16/2023.

Title
To authorize the Director of the Department of Development to enter into a grant agreement with Columbus Sister Cities International Inc. in an amount up to $150,000.00 for the purpose of promoting business, government, cultural, educational and environmental exchanges between the Columbus Sister Cities; to authorize the transfer of $50,000.00, within the General Fund, from the Department of Development Division of Administration to the Division of Economic Development; to authorize the expenditure of $150,000.00 from the 2021 ...

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