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Commissioners Kick Off National County Government Month

Monday, April 02, 2018
Contact: Tyler Lowry, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-6630
Marty Homan, Franklin County Commissioners, 614/525-5273

Plan to Highlight Commissioner Initiatives and Services that Reach Every Franklin County Resident

Each April, counties all over the nation celebrate National County Government Month with activities and information designed to celebrate all the ways that local county governments positively impact the lives of their residents every day. This year, the theme for National County Government Month is “Serving the Underserved”, and America’s 3,069 county governments are highlighting the ways in which they move America forward by providing essential services such as health care, safety and justice, economic development, and infrastructure.

“Franklin County is the 30th largest county in the nation, part of the largest metro area in the state and fastest-growing region in the Midwest,” said Board of Commissioners President, Kevin L. Boyce. “Hard work and careful planning have led to some really great developments in Central Ohio.”

The Franklin County Commissioners will be working this month to bring attention to the work that the county does each day for its 1.3 million residents, and to educate residents on services that are available to them. Also expected out later this month is the annual State of the County Report in which the commissioners detail the efforts of the 14 county agencies and 1,400 employees that they oversee.

“From our Department of Job and Family Services that serves more than a quarter million people, to the county’s Sanitary Engineering team that serves a few thousand, county government and county services are essential to the success of our thriving community,” said Commissioner Marilyn Brown.

In addition to the State of the County Report, local highlights of National County Government Month will include General Session guests from the national-champion Ohio Machine Professional Lacrosse team and the county-owned Columbus Clippers, as well as guest speaking roles for several of the commissioners at events at Children Services and the Franklin Park Conservatory, and National County Health day on April 18th. The latest edition of the commissioners’ quarterly newsletter will also be out in April, and will showcase the Board’s ongoing commitment to environmental protection.

“Franklin County is a great place to live, work, start a business, or raise a family,” said Commissioner John O’Grady.  “Not everyone knows about how county government affects their lives, but we’re working hard to change that even as we work to ensure that all of our residents are sharing in the community’s successes.”

Already in 2018, the commissioners have been hard at work for residents, joining the nationwide lawsuit against opiate producers and distributors, creating a new family leave plan for employees, signing on to commitments to make our county age-friendly and to ensuring pay equity between men and women, and graduating 21 students from a pre-apprenticeship program designed to move them from the social services rolls to good, middle class jobs in the skilled construction trades.

To learn more about the nation’s counties and National County Government Month, visit http://www.naco.org/counties/national-county-government-month.  To keep up with the Franklin County Board of Commissioners this April and throughout the year, follow the board on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for updates here.  
 

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