Announcements / April 9, 2021

Announcing New Global Ties Licensees

Global Ties U.S. is excited to share that our Community-Based Members in Kalamazoo, MI and Sacramento, CA are changing their names to Global Ties Kalamazoo and Global Ties Sacramento, respectively.

As local hubs for global engagement, our Community-Based Members are the domestic infrastructure for U.S. public diplomacy efforts and welcome more than 5,000 international visitors to the United States each year, both in person and online. The new names will better represent the important work they do in their communities, and provide an opportunity to reinvigorate their organizations as they celebrate milestone anniversaries this year.

Global Ties Kalamazoo, formerly Colleagues International, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Founded in 1971, the organization is committed to making Kalamazoo a more globally engaged community, drawing strength from international exchange, while enriching the professional, cultural, and personal lives of local residents and visitors from around the world. For five decades, Global Ties Kalamazoo has hosted thousands of international visitors representing more than 100 countries.

Global Ties Sacramento leads diplomacy programs at the World Trade Center Northern California (WTCNC) in the greater Sacramento and Central Valley regions. Since 1996, WTCNC has provided education, resources, and connections for international businesses, and facilitated exchanges that showcase the wealth of knowledge, cultural diversity, and innovative spirit in the capital city area. Global Ties Sacramento will continue to foster mutual understanding, increase global fluency, and build connections worldwide through various international exchanges with this brand realignment.

“We are excited to welcome Global Ties Kalamazoo and Global Ties Sacramento as the latest members to take on the Global Ties name,” said Katherine Brown, Ph.D., President and CEO of Global Ties U.S. “We look forward to continue working with them, and all our members, to highlight the important role that international exchange programs play in building relationships, partnerships, and trust between U.S. and international counterparts.”

With the adoption of the Global Ties name, Global Ties Kalamazoo and Global Ties Sacramento join 12 other licensee organizations in the U.S. and abroad. They are:

  • Global Ties Akron
  • Global Ties Alabama
  • Global Ties Albuquerque
  • Global Ties Arizona
  • Global Ties Arkansas
  • Global Ties Detroit
  • Global Ties Idaho
  • Global Ties Kansas City
  • Global Ties Miami
  • Global Ties San Francisco
  • Global Ties South Africa
  • Global Ties Wyoming

Global Ties U.S. powers individuals, communities, and nations to build trust and advance peace and prosperity through international exchange. It is a nonprofit partner of the U.S. Department of State and supports a Network of 120+ nonprofit organizations representing all 50 U.S. states and more than 20 countries. Global Ties U.S. members are exchange professionals who provide the domestic infrastructure for U.S. public diplomacy efforts, implementing the International Visitor Leadership Program and a wide variety of educational, cultural, and professional exchange programs.

Learn more about Global Ties U.S. and our Network here on our website.