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Franklin County ranked No. 4 nationally for job creation

Franklin County ranks No. 4 among U.S. counties for jobs created by larger companies, according to an analysis of government employment figures by Headlight Data.

The ranking, which shows Franklin County adding 3,235 new jobs between 2013 and the end of last year, is supposed to give economic development officials an inkling for the places seeing the most success - and struggles - with hosting corporate headquarters.

Commissioners, Chamber Release 2015 Retail Report

The 2015 Retail Report highlights many of the exciting opportunities that continue to present themselves in the retail economy in Franklin County, as well as some of the challenges we face as a community.

One of the biggest findings of this year’s report is that online sales continue to challenge brick and mortar retailers and also contribute to the declining percentage of sales tax revenue made up from retail. Franklin County has also seen a rise in logistics and transportation-related employment due to the increase of online sales.

Downtown Works initiative to revitalize downtown commercial districts

On July 7, the Commissioners authorized a new economic development initiative called Downtown Works. The latest in the Commissioners’ Smart Works suite of economic development programs, Downtown Works is a partnership with Heritage Ohio, which works with municipalities all over the state to preserve and revitalize historic downtowns, and is funded with $54,175 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money.

ALERT Franklin County Emergency Notification System

ALERT Franklin County is a mass notification and warning system developed to quickly notify residents of weather emergencies, crime alerts, road closures and more.

You choose the community notifications and locations you want and how you want to receive them. Notifications can be received via text message, email, cell phone, home phone or work phone.

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 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.

Marilyn Brown President
Paula Brooks
John O'Grady