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Nov 10 2020

Franklin County Business Growth and Equity Alliance Support 65 Local Small Businesses

A total of 250 jobs were created or retained thanks to grants awarded from the newly launched Franklin County Business Growth and Equity Alliance. The grants, which totaled more than $1.6 million, were awarded to 65 different businesses, many of which did not receive help in the federal Payroll Protection Program.

Oct 12 2020

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS APPOINTS NEW DEPUTY COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR TO OVERSEE, INTEGRATE HUMAN SERVICES AGENCIES

The Franklin County Commissioners are taking steps to integrate county human services systems to better meet the needs of residents. The Board today announced Joy Bivens, currently the director of Job and Family Services (JFS), will begin serving in the new role of deputy county administrator for health and human services.
 

Oct 06 2020

CENTRAL OHIO PARTNERSHIP SECURES NEARLY $1 MILLION TO IMPLEMENT PROVEN MODEL TO COMBAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

A collaboration of nine Franklin County agencies is the recipient of a $900,000 award from the U.S. D.O.J., Office for Violence Against Women to implement the Blueprint for Safety through September 2023 to combat domestic violence.  The Blueprint for Safety model, originally developed and implemented in Saint Paul, MN, provides a consistent, coordinated criminal justice response to protect victims of domestic violence. It uses a high level of collaboration and information-sharing among service providers to facilitate victims’ safety from an initial emergency call for help through to sentencing and probation. 



Sep 30 2020

SMALL BUSINESSES ARE THROWN A LIFELINE DURING THE PANDEMIC

The Franklin County Commissioners this afternoon highlighted a new Small Business Response and Recovery grant program that provided a revolving loan fund and more than $1 million to help small businesses weather the COVID-19 pandemic.
 

Sep 25 2020

COMMISSIONERS ASK OHIO SENATORS NOT TO CONSIDER SUPREME COURT NOMINEE THIS CLOSE TO PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

The Franklin County Commissioners yesterday sent a letter to Ohio’s two Senators, Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman asking that they follow the precedent set by the Senate in 2016 by not considering or approving any nominee to the Supreme Court with less than two weeks before Ohioans begin voting in the presidential election.  Click for the full text of the letter.

Sep 23 2020

COMMISSIONERS ANNOUNCE GRANTS TO HELP NONPROFITS STAY AFLOAT AMID UNPRECEDENTED DEMAND

The COVID-19 Resilience Initiative Grants provided by the county total more than $5.3 million and will assist nonprofits in helping residents avoid eviction and stay in their homes, put food on their tables, access mental health services, and more.
 

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 TO 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
 

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