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May 10 2018

Franklin County Sales Tax Revenue Bonds Earn Unprecedented Dual Triple-A Ratings

Two hundred fifty million dollars in tax-exempt sales tax revenue bonds that Franklin County is set to issue this summer have been rated Triple-A by the two principal ratings agencies, Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. and S&P Global Ratings.  This is the nation’s first and only local government issuance of special tax bonds to ever receive Triple-A ratings from both Moody’s and S&P.  At the same time, the rating agencies both also reaffirmed their Triple-A ratings of the county’s outstanding general obligation bonds.

May 10 2018

Animal Care and Control Director to Retire

Don Winstel, Director of Franklin County Animal Care and Control and the County Dog Shelter has announced that he will be retiring in August of this year.

May 10 2018

Franklin County Corrections Centers Keep Top Accreditations

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has been notified that the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) has voted to continue to accredit the Franklin County Corrections Centers for compliance with NCCHC’s Standards for Health Services in Jails. Franklin County remains among an elite group of facilities to earn and consistently retain this coveted accreditation.

May 01 2018

Franklin County Selected as One of Seven Stepping Up Innovator Counties Nationwide

Franklin County, Ohio has been selected as one of seven Stepping Up Innovator Counties in the United States for its expertise and innovation in collecting data on people in its jail with mental illness, and for working to ensure that those inmates are receiving appropriate care both inside and outside of jail. 

Apr 24 2018

Commissioners Release 2018 State of the County Report

Today, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners released their fourth annual State of the County report. The web-based report, which can be found at, compiles the many ways that the lives of county residents are touched by county government, as well as highlighting the investments the commissioners have made in public safety, economic development, health and human services and environmental protection.

Apr 19 2018

Commissioners’ Economic Development and Planning Team Wins Multiple Awards

At its annual State of the Region luncheon this afternoon, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) awarded county Economic Development Director, James Schimmer, its William H. Anderson Excellence in Public Service Award.  This annual honor recognizes a past or present MORPC board member who has made a significant contribution to MORPC, the community, and our region. Earlier this month, Director Schimmer’s team at the commissioners’ department of Economic Development and Planning was announced as the recipient of a National Planning Achievement Award for a Best Practice by the American Planning Association.  The award, shared with the Columbus City Council, honored the two teams’ collaborative initiatives to support a healthy, strong, and resilient local food system.

Apr 18 2018

Commissioners Celebrate County Health Day, Highlight Partnerships to Provide Healthcare to the Underserved

Today, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners join their counterparts from the across the country in celebrating County Health Day. An initiative of the National Association of Counties (NACo), County Health Day celebrates counties working to build a culture of health. Throughout the day on social media, NACo will highlight innovative county health programming and share best practices from communities across the U.S. using the hashtag #CountyHealth.

Apr 13 2018

Green Corps Program Helping to Grow County Workforce

Ten new well trained prospective employees entered the workforce yesterday as the newest graduates of the Franklin County Commissioners’ Green Corps program, which is a partnership between the commissioners, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio, IMPACT Community Action, and Eckard Connects.  Participants in the program are trained by Franklin Park Conservatory staff for well-paid jobs in the community’s growing green industries.

Apr 02 2018

Commissioners Kick Off National County Government Month

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. 

Mar 23 2018

Building Futures Program Connecting Low-Income Residents to Careers in Skilled Trades

A new pipeline to train low-income workers for careers in the skilled building trades has 21 students graduating today in its inaugural class, marking completion of the first government/union trade program of its kind in Ohio.

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