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Commissioners Release 'State of the County' Report

from Commissioners

In conjunction with National County Government month, the commissioners have released their second annual State of the County report.

The report is a compendium of the many ways that the lives of Franklin County residents are touched by county government on a regular basis, as well as of the investments the commissioners have made in public safety, economic development, and environmental protection.

FCCS in the Community this Summer

from Children Services

FCCS will be out in the community this summer spreading awareness about child abuse prevention and offering parenting tips and resources to families. Being visible and active in the community is a priority for the agency, as our mission is to protect children by strengthening families. You'll see us at many local events. Look for our booths at the Sunny 95 Block Parties, the 2016 Empowerment Day Resource Fair, the African-American Male Wellness Walk and the City of Columbus Neighborhood Pride Bike Safety events. FCCS will also take part in speaking engagements in the community where we'll answer questions and spread the word about child welfare efforts.

We wrap up the summer with Mayor Ginther's Family Reunion and FCCS FamJam at Genoa Park on August 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This free family enrichment festival features, entertainment from youth acts, community resources, health screenings, public safety vehicles, visits from mascots and complimentary snacks (while supplies last). The event goes on rain or shine.

Visit us at and follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more information on where you can find FCCS this summer.

Franklin County Dog Shelter Salutes Veterans

from Animal Care & Control

This month the Franklin County Dog Shelter honors all veterans with a special program in recognition of their service to our country.

Through the 4th of July the Franklin County Dog Shelter is offering a $40 adoption special for all veterans or active military who want to adopt a dog.

Owning a dog has significant health benefits, including reducing stress, anxiety and depression. It is the Franklin County Dog Shelter's hope that the healing ability of the dog might benefit the veteran, and also provide a home for a dog in need.

Click here to view dogs available for adoption.

Metro Parks Summer Camps

from Metro Parks

Metro Parks summer camp registration began March 10. Metro Parks is offering two types of camps in 2016, the all new Outdoor Camps (June 13–Aug 5) and the tried and true Nature Adventure Camps (June 20–Aug 5). Visit the Metro Parks website for camp details and how to register.

National Lightning Safety Awareness Week is June 19-25, 2016

from Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security

As the weather warms, the chances for severe thunderstorms increase across Franklin County. As we approach National Lightning Awareness Safety Week, June 19-25, Franklin County Emergency Management and Homeland Security (FCEM&HS) encourages all Franklin County residents to know what to do before, during and after thunderstorms, and to practice severe weather safety and preparedness throughout the summer.

Although the number of lightning fatalities has continued to fall in previous years, lightning strikes continue to be one of the top three storm-related killers in the United States. Most lightning victims are struck before or after the storm reaches its greatest intensity. The best way to protect yourself and your family from lightning and the dangers of thunderstorms is to be prepared.

Therefore, if you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance. Residents are reminded that performing a simple measure can drastically reduce the chance of severe injury or death during a storm: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! Stop outdoor activities and seek shelter immediately.

Visit the FCEM&HS website to learn more about lightning safety measures.

Latest Issue of FCCS Connects E-News

from Children Services

The June issue of Children Services Connects E-News is here! Features include:

  • Kinship Caregiver Gives Her Family New Hope;
  • Life Skills Classes Prepare Youth for Future; and
  • Meet the New Malaika Program Director.

Click here to read the June 2016 Connects E-News.

Community Partnership Grants Underscore Commissioners' Priorities

from Commissioners

The Community Partnership Program is a competitive grant process whereby the Commissioners support local community-based organizations. Proposals must demonstrate how effectively and efficiently the initiative or program aligns with the Commissioners' Core Principles.

Metro Parks GeoTrail 2016

from Metro Parks

The 2016 GeoTrail highlights the trees and forests of Metro Parks. Metro Parks invites you to participate in this year's Geocache hunt that includes a variety of cache types and difficulty levels. There are 15 Metro Parks (including Greenways) that have a new 2016 educational Geocache located in the park. Most caches contain a log book, commemorative pins and an educational blurb. This year's theme is "May the Forest be with You".

The first 100 teams to find any 15 GeoTrail caches are eligible to receive a special edition Metro Parks Geocoin. If you find all 20 GeoTrail caches, you can solve the puzzle and unlock the coordinates for the Bonus Cache.

Visit the Metro Parks website for more information and how to participate.

2015 EDP Annual Report

from Economic Development & Planning

The Franklin County Economic and Planning Department is pleased to present its 2015 Annual Report. More than just the numbers, this publication tells the story of the services EDP provides Franklin County residents and businesses to help ensure that the local economy remains strong and continues to grow.