Columbus Region Selected to Participate in New Global Cities Exchange

Region is one of 20 metropolitan areas tasked with increasing global trade expansion, investment

December 9, 2013

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Columbus, OH – The Columbus Region has been selected to participate in the Global Cities Exchange, a new network of 20 metropolitan areas committed to increasing global trade and economic competitiveness. Part of the Global Cities Initiative, the network is a partnership between JPMorgan Chase and the Brookings Institution.

The Region’s participation stems from its selection in 2012 to join 12 other metropolitan areas in the Metropolitan Export Initiative, focused on boosting export efforts. The Global Cities Exchange will continue those activities and broaden the focus, incorporating eight additional metropolitan regions and making global trade expansion and investment the priority.

As part of the Global Cities Exchange, the Columbus Region and the other metropolitan areas will develop customized global engagement strategies, which will integrate exports and foreign direct investment and may also include logistics and advanced industries. Along with these efforts, leaders from each region will work to establish new metro-to‐metro relationships and to share best practices in globally‐oriented economic development.

Over time, the Global Cities Exchange network will expand to include additional U.S. and non‐U.S. cities working together to strengthen their global competitiveness.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to take the Columbus Region’s Metropolitan Export Initiative efforts even further by participating in the new Global Cities Exchange network,” said Kenny McDonald, chief economic officer, One Columbus. “We look forward to collaborating with other leading metropolitan areas on global trade issues as we continue to make progress toward our own goals, including job creation and new capital investment.”


About the Global Cities Initiative
Launched in 2012, the Global Cities Initiative is a five‐year joint project of Brookings and JPMorgan Chase aimed at helping city and metropolitan leaders become more globally fluent by providing an in-depth and data‐driven look at their regional standing on crucial global economic measures, highlighting best policy and practice innovations from around the world, and creating an international network of leaders who ultimately trade and grow together. Since its inception, the Initiative has held forums in Atlanta; Beijing; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Denver; Houston; London; Los Angeles; Miami; São Paúlo, Brazil; and Singapore. For more information please visit‐cities.aspx or

About One Columbus
One Columbus is a public-private partnership that leverages the strengths of the Columbus Region’s talented workforce, small and large businesses, research and academic institutions, and international connections to ignite economic growth and build a healthier, more sustainable future for Central Ohio. The initiative grows our economy by ensuring that our existing companies are growing and thriving, that the world’s leading companies are attracted to the 11-county region, that innovations are cultivated and commercialized, and that our civic infrastructure is continually improving to meet the challenges of a rapidly evolving world economy. For more information, visit

Kenny McDonald

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