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Commissioners to invest in summer work experience for young people

The commissioners have approved more than $6.5 million for the Franklin County YouthWorks program, a work experience and internship program for TANF eligible youth and young adults ages 14-24 years old.

Approximately 1,950 young people will receive summertime work experience that pays at least $10 an hour and lasts 8 to 12 weeks. The program provides eligible youth an opportunity to engage in positive activities outside of school and develop important job readiness skills.

Community Partnership Grants Underscore Commissioners’ Priorities

The Community Partnership Program is a competitive grant process whereby the Commissioners support local community-based organizations. Proposals must demonstrate how effectively and efficiently the initiative or program aligns with the Commissioners' Core Principles.

Commissioners Release ‘State of the County’ Report

In conjunction with National County Government month, the commissioners have released their second annual State of the County report.

The report, available at, is a compendium of the many ways that the lives of Franklin County residents are touched by county government on a regular basis, as well as of the investments the commissioners have made in public safety, economic development, and environmental protection.

Franklin County among only 7% of counties fully recovered from recession

From Business First: Franklin County is in rare company for having fully recovered from the Great Recession that ended nearly seven years ago, according to a report from the National Association of Counties.

Of 3,069 counties nationwide, only 214, or 7 percent, had fully recovered by last year in four areas - economic output (gross domestic product), employment, unemployment rate and home prices.

Partnership Strengthens Government Transparency, Access to Records

The Franklin County Board of Commissioners in partnership with the Franklin County Auditor are enhancing the public’s access to information through an electronic record project dubbed Citizen Transparency, which makes millions of financial records available online in a safe, secure and easily searchable system.

The new system provides any member of the public with immediate access to current information and historical data on the County’s revenues and expenditures, including payroll.

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.

John O'Grady President
Paula Brooks
Marilyn Brown