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Commissioners Unveil New Job Training Program

On May 8, Commissioner Marilyn Brown unveiled a new 5-year, $2.5 million investment in training opportunities for Franklin County residents and businesses called People Works.

People Works includes the addition of an employer liaison service and two new flexible grant programs to facilitate the private sector employment and training of low-income Franklin County residents who currently receive public assistance, and matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities of individual public assistance recipients with the hiring needs of local partnering businesses and organizations.

Commissioners to invest in summer work experience for young people

On May 5, Commissioners approved nearly $6 million for the Franklin County’s Youth Works program, a work experience and internship program for area youth. The county partners with six community organizations – Columbus Urban League, Godman Guild, Henkels and McCoy, St. Stephen Community Services, TECH CORPS Ohio - and is the primary financial sponsor of the Central Ohio Workforce Investment Corporation’s SOARhire! program.

Approximately 1,600 Franklin County youth, ages 14-24 years old, will receive summertime work experience that pays at least $10 an hour and lasts 8 to 12-weeks. Youth Works provides eligible youth, in a critical age group, an opportunity to engage in constructive activities outside of school to earn and save money and develop important job readiness skills.    

Commissioners Celebrate 10th year of Summer Camp Program

Created in 2005, the Commissioners are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Franklin County Youth Summer Camp Program, which provides safe and nurturing summertime activities for youth.

On May 5, Commissioners approved $2.8 million for this year’s summer camps at 26 different camp locations throughout Franklin County. The program serves youth ages 5-13, and camps are 8 to 10-weeks long for a minimum of 30 hours a week. This year, nearly 2,300 youth will be given the opportunity to attend a Franklin County summer camp.


Commissioners Release ‘State of the County’ Report

To conclude National County Government Month, the Franklin County Commissioners have released a State of the County report, a first for Franklin County, Ohio.

The 12-page, user-friendly electronic document is meant to serve as a helpful guide to residents and visitors who wish to better understand the value county government has in improving the quality of life and business.

Watch General Session Online

Videos of the County Commissioners' General Session meetings are now online. Click on the link below to watch the most recent meeting.

Infrastructure Works Program to Infuse Millions into Local Communities

Through its new Infrastructure Works program, Franklin County will make $3.5 million available annually for the next 4-5 years, resulting in a capital infusion of nearly $20 million into cities, villages and townships within Franklin County.

Beginning early next year, below market rate loans will be available for the construction or rehabilitation of local infrastructure projects which will result in significant economic growth, job creation and generate new private capital investment in Franklin County.

Eligible projects include transportation, energy, water and telecommunications infrastructure.

Marilyn Brown President
Paula Brooks
John O'Grady