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2021

Aug 17 2021

COMMISSIONERS ADD MORE THAN $1 MILLION IN NEW SUPPORTS FOR FAMILIES FACING EVICTION

The Franklin County Commissioners this morning approved two contracts to better support families facing eviction due to the ongoing pandemic.  The Franklin County Municipal Court recently said that it would not enforce a new CDC eviction moratorium, and many families are in danger of losing their homes due to the pandemic and pandemic economy.  The new supports include $624,000 in additional funding to the Legal Aid Society of Columbus and $550,000 for Community Mediation Services of Central Ohio.
 

Aug 17 2021

SUPPORTING BETTER HEALTH OUTCOMES FOR BLACK MEN

This week, the commissioners approved a $155,000 grant to the African American Male Wellness Agency (AAMWA) to provide programs to address the historically poorer health outcomes of African-American men in Franklin County.  The African American Male Wellness Agency  works to increase the health outcomes and life expectancy of Black men in Central Ohio with initiatives in Fatherhood, Financial Health, Health and Wellness, Mental Health, Research, and Mentorship, and provides health screenings, a wellness walk, mental wellness events, an HIV awareness day, and more.
 

Aug 06 2021

COMMISSIONERS’ STATEMENT ON MUNICIPAL COURT ORDER AND THE EVICTION MORATORIUM

The Franklin County Commissioners are disappointed in the municipal court’s decision not to enforce the new CDC eviction moratorium order.  Families across the country have struggled to pay their rent or mortgages during the pandemic, and many of our Franklin County residents are now facing a new uncertainty about their futures and their ability to keep a roof over their heads.
 

Aug 06 2021

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS EMPLOYEES RETURN TO WEARING MASKS IN COMMON AREAS OF COUNTY BUILDINGS

Due to an alarming rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in our community and new guidance from the Franklin County and Columbus Public Health Departments, Franklin County Administrator, Kenneth N. Wilson yesterday issued new guidance to Board of Commissioners employees requiring that they again wear face coverings in common areas of county facilities.  All other visitors to county buildings are strongly encouraged to wear masks, and masks are required by some courts in the county complex. These actions are consistent with the advice of our local public health officials and with guidance recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



Aug 02 2021

COMMISSIONERS FUND NEW EXPANSION OF MID-OHIO FOOD COLLECTIVE

This week, the Franklin County Board of Commissioners funded a new expansion at the Mid-Ohio Food Collective via a $7 million grant to add a 19,000 square-foot addition to the foodbank’s facility in Grove City.  The grant is made up of funds from the American Rescue Plan, of which Franklin County will receive more than $255 million over the coming two years.  The new addition will include a 14,000 square-foot freezer that will double storage and picking locations, and four new dock doors for loading, unloading, and handling perishable foods.
 

Jul 01 2021

ERICA CRAWLEY SWORN IN AS NEW FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMISSIONER

Former State Representative Erica C. Crawley was sworn in this morning as the newest Franklin County Commissioner.  She replaces interim Commissioner, Dawn Tyler Lee, who has served since May 21st following the resignation of long-time Commissioner Marilyn Brown.  Commissioner Crawley was chosen by the retiring commissioner’s political party as required by Ohio law, and will serve the remainder of Commissioner Brown’s original term through 2022.
 

Jun 24 2021

FRANKLIN COUNTY BENEFITS FROM HIGHEST POSSIBLE BOND RATING

For the 28th consecutive year, Franklin County has received duel Triple-A ratings by the two principal financial ratings agencies, Standard and Poor’s Global Ratings (S&P) and Moody’s Investors Service, Inc., making it one of just 2% of local governments in the country to enjoy this favorable rating.  Standard and Poors’ view of county management is that it is “very strong, with financial practices and sophisticated budget processes that are well embedded and sustainable as pandemic-related pressures subside.”
 

Jun 22 2021

PROMOTING OUR COMMUNITY TO SUPPORT RECOVERY FOR ALL

This week, the commissioners are investing $250,000 with Experience Columbus to help promote our community and fund a Diversity Travel Apprenticeship program to promote equity in the hospitality industry.  Experience Columbus markets and promotes our region as a destination for visitors, tourists, conferences and conventions, and the hospitality industry has suffered during the pandemic.  In a typical year, Greater Columbus welcomes 43 million visitors who directly spend about $7.6 billion and support 78,600 jobs in the tourism industry.  The same visitors pay $1.35 billion each year in local, state, and federal taxes that support the arts, human services, and economic development in Franklin County.  Getting our hotels, restaurants, convention center, and other attractions back on their feet will be key to helping our whole community recover.
 

Jun 19 2021

COMMISSIONERS' STATEMENT ON JUNETEENTH

Juneteenth 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.  Last year, the commissioners were proud to add it as a holiday for their employees (replacing Columbus Day) to recognize the struggle that so many have endured and are still enduring in order to realize the dream of a more perfect and equitable union.

Jun 17 2021

CONNECTING SENIOR RESIDENTS TO THE DIGITAL WORLD

This week, the commissioners are making grants to two agencies and three separate programs to address digital inequity among vulnerable seniors in our community.  The $80,585 in funding comes from the American Rescue Plan, and the partner agencies are Central Community House and Community Refugee and Immigrant Services.
 

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