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2020

Aug 11 2020

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TO KEEP FRANKLIN COUNTY STUDENTS CONNECTED

A Franklin County and City of Columbus-led collaborative is working to fill a critical needs gap of for thousands of Franklin County K-12 students who will have online learning this fall, yet lack computers and Internet service.



Aug 04 2020

NEW SUPPORT OFFERED FOR MINORITY-OWNED SMALL BUSINESSES THANKS OT FUNDING FROM THE COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

The Board of Commissioners approved $2 million in CARES Act funding this morning to fund a new and innovative collaboration with One Columbus and the Columbus Urban League aimed at helping minority-owned businesses with grants, access to capital, and more.  Federal data has shown that of the $3.4 billion loaned to Ohio businesses during this pandemic only about three percent went to businesses owned by African Americans.



Jul 30 2020

FRANKLIN COUNTY TEAM CONTINUES IN LEADERSHIP AT NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF COUNTIES

As they have in recent years, all three Franklin County Commissioners have been named to leadership roles with the National Association of Counties (NACo), which represents our nation’s 3,069 counties, nearly 40,000 elected county officials, and 3.6 million county employees.  In addition to the commissioners, County Administrator Kenneth Wilson, Job and Family Services Director Joy Bivens, and Director of the Office of Justice Policy and Programs, Michael Daniels have also been appointed to leadership roles.  Franklin has more staff and commissioners in leadership at NACo than any other county in Ohio.
 

Jul 28 2020

COMMISSIONERS ANNOUNCE INTENT TO FUND $4 MILLION OF NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS

The Franklin County Commissioners have provided letters of intent for $4 million of funding for 273 new affordable housing units in developments around Franklin County.  The funding is part of the new Franklin County Magnet Fund program, which is designed to induce new affordable housing projects to seek the federal 4% Low Income Housing Tax Credit in addition to other sources.  Every $1 of Franklin County funding provided will leverage $11 in private/non-profit investment
 

Jul 09 2020

FRANKLIN COUNTY AND CITY OF COLUMBUS TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY AID TO NONPROFITS IN NEED

Twenty million in grants are now available to Franklin County nonprofits, thanks to a joint effort by Franklin County and the City of Columbus officials to create a safety net for agencies that have helped so much, they are now in critical need themselves.

 

Jul 04 2020

COMMISSIONERS' STATEMENT ON INDEPENDENCE DAY

On Independence Day, we celebrate our nation’s freedom from tyranny and our own freedoms as Americans.  Even as our country sometimes feels very divided, we know that America is a beacon of hope around the world because of ideals like the freedoms of speech and religion, freedom of the press, and to assemble freely and to petition the government.  The commissioners salute all of the men and women serving around the world to preserve those ideals, and wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day.
 
All county offices are closed today in observance of the holiday.
 

Jul 02 2020

COMMISSIONERS SUPPORT REQUIRING RESIDENTS TO WEAR MASKS IN PUBLIC SETTINGS

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Franklin County the Board of Commissioners convened an emergency meeting this evening and unanimously passed a resolution to uphold the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to wear cloth face coverings in public settings. 
 
By adopting this resolution, the Board of Commissioners support cities, townships and villages within Franklin County to pass local ordinances and emergency declarations, as allowable by law, to require residents in those communities to wear face coverings while visiting indoor settings like retail stores, restaurants and work settings.   
 

Jun 19 2020

COMMISSIONERS MAKE JUNETEENTH OFFICIAL COUNTY HOLIDAY

Beginning with June 19th, 2021, the commissioners will be making Juneteenth an official paid county holiday for employees to replace the recognition of Columbus Day.     
                                                                 
June 19th celebrates the abolition of slavery in America, and the recognition that African Americans are entitled to equal rights in this country they helped to build.  Yet 155 years later, their descendants and other people of color are faced with unequal opportunity in pursuit of the American Dream.  On this Juneteenth, we recognize the struggle that so many have endured and are still enduring to help us realize the dream of a more perfect union, and we stand with our residents in the ongoing fight for racial equity.



Jun 16 2020

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TO BRING DISTANCE LEARNING AND SCIENCE ACTIVITIES TO CHILDREN COUNTYWIDE ALL SUMMER

The pandemic may be limiting where youth can go this summer, but a new public-private partnership between COSI and the Franklin County Commissioners will ensure that youth still have plenty to do. The Franklin County Commissioners and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) have teamed up to create free educational and entertaining activities rooted in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) that will be catered to students in kindergarteners through high school.
 

Jun 16 2020

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP TO BRING DISTANCE LEARNING AND SCIENCE ACTIVITIES TO CHILDREN COUNTYWIDE ALL SUMMER

The pandemic may be limiting where youth can go this summer, but a new public-private partnership between COSI and the Franklin County Commissioners will ensure that youth still have plenty to do. The Franklin County Commissioners and the Center of Science and Industry (COSI) have teamed up to create free educational and entertaining activities rooted in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) that will be catered to students in kindergarteners through high school. These new activities and videos will be available on the COSI Connects webpage starting later this month and will be posted daily into the fall.



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