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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.

'Portraits of Integration' tells the story of refugee & immigrant neighbors

Commissioned and published in 2013 by the Board of Commissioners, Portraits of Integration: Journeys Toward Belonging tells the story of 15 refugees and immigrants that call Franklin County home.


Interested in Serving on the Community Advisory Committee?

On December 20, 2016, the commissioners adopted Resolution #918-16 establishing an advisory committee to the Department of Animal Care and Control to provide advice and community feedback to the leadership of the Franklin County Dog Shelter.

The committee shall consist of nine members chosen from various sectors of the animal welfare community, such as veterinary medicine, public health, animal rescue, and shelter management.

Committee members will be appointed by the commissioners to three-year terms, and the committee will meet at least quarterly or by the call of the chair.

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.

2017 Budget Prepares Our Community for Future Growth

At the commissioners’ last meeting of the year, the commissioners approved the 2017 county budget. The $439 million General Fund and $1.5 billion All Funds Budgets are built on a foundation that is both responsible and balanced while keeping an eye on the future. According to insight2050 data, the region is expected to add more than 500,000 residents in the next 30 years.

The 2017 budget positions the county to be prepared for that growth by making strategic investments in public safety and economic development, while also addressing challenges such as poverty and a changing economy, and safeguarding the public’s tax dollars.

Commissioners Adopt Local Food Action Plan

In 2014, Franklin County Commissioner John O'Grady and Columbus City Councilmember Priscilla Tyson initiated the creation of a Local Food Action Plan to guide policy and program development aimed at strengthening local food systems and enhancing coordination of these efforts among public, private and nonprofit community stakeholders.

The project team has completed a multi-year planning process inclusive of community stakeholder surveys, best practices research, neighborhood food planning meetings, and a working committee comprised of 24 community partners with expertise in varying sectors of the local food system.

The project team has developed 27 key recommendations to help the county, city, and other partners achieve the objectives set forth in this planning process to: enhance coordination and communication among existing food resources and agencies; improve access to and education about healthy, affordable and local food; increase the role of food in economic development; and prevent food-related waste.

The Local Food Action Plan has been adopted by the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and Columbus City Council.

John O'Grady President
Marilyn Brown
Kevin L. Boyce