Columbus 2020 to Be Honored at CCWA Awards Ceremony

The organization will be recognized as “International Organization of the Year” for its global impact in Central Ohio

February 27, 2018

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Columbus, OH – Columbus 2020, the economic development organization for the 11-county Columbus Region, will be recognized as the “International Organization of the Year” at the Columbus Council on World Affairs’ (CCWA) 2018 International Awards Ceremony, which will be held on May 3 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus. The annual event recognizes companies and individuals that have made outstanding contributions to global education and inclusiveness in the Columbus community.

“We are delighted to recognize Columbus 2020 and the long-term impact they’ve had in making our region more globally competitive. And, to be able to honor our Global Scholars Diploma students, who represent the future, most globally prepared, workforce talent creates an incredible opportunity for our global community to come together as we seek to become America’s most globally fluent region,” said Patrick Terrien, president & CEO, CCWA.

This year, approximately 600 business, civic and academic leaders will attend the CCWA’s 2018 International Awards Ceremony to honor Columbus 2020. Central Ohio students who will graduate from the Global Scholars Diploma program will also be recognized at the event.

“This is great recognition of the Columbus Region’s long term strategy of attracting foreign investment, helping our local companies enter new markets, and positioning Central Ohio as a location open to talent from around the world,” said NiSource Inc.’s Executive Vice President, Gas Segment & Chief Customer Officer Pablo Vegas, who serves as the chair of the Columbus 2020 board of directors.

Individuals and groups can register for the event here.


About Columbus 2020
As the economic development organization for the Columbus Region, Columbus 2020’s mission is to generate opportunity and build capacity for economic growth across 11 Central Ohio counties. In 2010, hundreds of business and community leaders developed the Columbus 2020 Regional Growth Strategy, and the Columbus Region is now experiencing the strongest decade of growth in its history. Consistently named among the best economic development organizations in the country, Columbus 2020 expertly guides companies through the location decision process. Through strategic business outreach and customized research, the Columbus 2020 team leverages public, private and institutional partnerships to grow the Columbus Region’s economy and strengthen its national and international competitiveness. Funding is received from more than 300 private organizations, local governments, academic institutions and JobsOhio. Learn more at

About the Columbus Council on World Affairs
Since 1975, the Columbus Council on World Affairs has increased global awareness in the region. The CCWA fosters a community that is well informed about critical international issues as they affect the world, nation and the local region. Columbus citizens then utilize this insight to make effective decisions in our global society. Learn more at

Columbus 2020 Media Contact
Irene Alvarez

CCWA Media Contact
Brad Gosche

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