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Commissioners Release 2017 State of the County Report, Unveil New Website

Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Contact: Tyler Lowry, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-6630

This morning, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners released their annual State of the County report and unveiled their new website. The 2017 State of The County report, which is entirely web-based, can be found at, while commissioners’ website remains at its previous address,

The State of The County report compiles 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. This third annual State of the County also serves as a field guide to county government and its role in improving the quality of life for all residents.

“The state of Franklin County remains strong,” said Board of Commissioners President John O’Grady.  “We’re pleased to release this report which highlights our work to provide community safety, security and effective justice programs, promote job creation and economic development, and provide health and human services all while protecting the environment and being good stewards of the county’s finances.”

The report provides an update on the county’s participation in the Stepping Up initiative to reduce the number of adults in the county jail with mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse disorders, the county’s investments in infrastructure projects, job training, tourism and the Smart Columbus initiative, and statistics on assistance provided to children, seniors, and veterans.

“This report provides good information on the great work our staff has done and is doing on behalf of our residents, along with highlighting our investments to spur economic development, provide job training and the social safety net services that are so critical,” said Commissioner Marilyn Brown. “Our new website improves our digital presence to respond to the growing percentage of people visiting our website on a mobile device.”

The commissioners’ new website features a responsive design that accommodates traditional desktop, tablet and mobile browsing, and offers enhanced accessibility for users of differing abilities.

“Communication with constituents is very important to me,” said Commissioner Kevin L. Boyce. “This report and improved website enhances our ability to effectively communicate with county residents about what we are doing and how we are spending their tax dollars.”

NOTE: Commissioner-agency websites will also undergo a redesign in the coming months.

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