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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

PARTNERING TO HELP STRONG YOUNG WOMEN SUCCEED

This week, the commissioners have begun a $55,472 partnership with L.E.A.D. With Purpose to help send 25 young women of color to summer camp. 

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.
 

Jun 17 2021

SUPPORTING RESIDENTS WHO ARE RETURNING TO THE COMMUNITY

With a $680,000 grant this week, the commissioners are investing in the Alvis Halfway House at 1755 Alum Creek Drive in order to allow Alvis to expand its facility to serve an additional 70 clients at a time.  The expansion will allow Alvis to serve up to 325 individuals at one time, including with behavioral health services, workforce development, case management, healthcare, and a gym. 
 

Jun 08 2021

FRANKLIN COUNTY WINS TECHNOLOGY AWARDS TWO YEARS IN A ROW

Public Technology Institute (PTI) recently announced that Franklin County and the Franklin County Data Center (FCDC) were awarded with Significant Achievement in web services, e-government, and mobile applications. The award salutes the county’s innovations with Microsoft Dynamics 365 to create tailored, data-driven assistance for boys and young men of color.

Jun 01 2021

COMMISSIONERS' STATEMENT ON PRIDE MONTH

The Franklin County Commissioners are proud of the annual Columbus Pride Festival and our community's collective work to establish Central Ohio as a smart, open, diverse, welcoming, and inclusive place to live.  We look forward to celebrating in person again at the 2022 Pride Parade and Festival, and in the meantime encourage our residents to visit stonewallcolumbus.org to learn how to virtually celebrate Pride 2021—From a Moment to a Movement this year. 



Jun 01 2021

REBUILDING FRANKLIN COUNTY INFRASTRUCTURE

The Franklin County Commissioners today approved additional funding for the county engineer to expedite important repairs and improvements to infrastructure around the county.  Specifically, the funding, which comes from the county’s allocation from the American Rescue Plan, will support the engineer’s Stormwater Management Program, which utilizes and maintains vital underground infrastructure.
 

May 31 2021

COMMISSIONERS' STATEMENT ON MEMORIAL DAY

On this Memorial Day, the Franklin County Commissioners honor the sacrifice of all those who have died in service to our nation.  Central Ohio has a long and proud tradition of military service that is exemplified by countless families throughout our community who have put our country’s needs ahead of their own.  Some of the names of the local sons and daughters who have fought and died in our nation’s service can be found enshrined at a display in their honor at Franklin County Memorial Hall at 280 W. Broad St. in Columbus and open to the public during normal county business hours.
 
All county offices are closed today in observance of the holiday.
 

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