Columbia enjoys active Sister City relationships with five cities:
The City Council, in 1996, passed a policy resolution that established guidelines for Sister City relationships.
The Sister City program provides a means of fostering mutually beneficial relationships with cities in other countries through:
Sister Cities Programs include cultural and educational exchanges. Columbia Public Schools, for example, participates in an ongoing exchange program at the junior high school level. Organized groups of junior high school students alternate summer visits between Columbia and Hakusan City, Japan. For example, one year Columbia students visit Hakusan City and the next year, Hakusan City students visit Columbia.
Visit the Sister Cities International Web site or contact Renee Graham at (573) 874-7316 for additional information.