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Commissioners Release 'State of the County' Report

from Board of Commissioners

The Franklin County Commissioners have released a State of the County report, a first for Franklin County, Ohio.

The 12-page, user-friendly electronic document is meant to serve as a helpful guide to residents and visitors who wish to better understand the value county government has in improving the quality of life and business.

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 Franklin County Fair, Sunny 95 Block Parties, the 2015 Empowerment Day Resource Fair, Festival Latino, the African-American Male Wellness Walk and the City of Columbus Neighborhood Pride Bike Safety events. FCCS will also take part in speaking engagements with local organizations, Head Start programs, day care centers, social work classes and more, where we'll answer questions and spread the word about child welfare efforts.

We wrap up the summer with FCCS's FamJam @ Mayor Coleman's Neighborhood Pride Block Party on August 29 at the Columbus Commons 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.

Follow us on Facebook or Twitter for more information on where you can find FCCS this summer.

2015 Empowerment Day & Job Fair

from Child Support Enforcement Agency

The annual Empowerment Day & Job Fair, celebrating family empowerment, will be held on July 15, 2015. Sponsored by the Child Support Enforcement Agency, Franklin County Veterans Service Commission, and Columbus State Community College, this event provides Franklin County residents with information about job opportunities, education and training options, parenting resources and other community programs available to help them succeed. In 2014, over 500 individuals attended, and many more will be expected in 2015!

Visit the Child Support Enforcement Agency website for more information.

Voters Asked to File Address Changes with Board of Elections

from Board of Elections

The Franklin County Board of Elections is reaching out to registered voters who haven't voted since 2013 or moved without updating their address. Letters will be mailed shortly to some 214,000 voters in an ongoing effort to keep voter registration records current. There are more than 814,000 voters registered countywide.

The mailing is required under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 commonly referred to as the "Motor Voter" law. The law gives voters the chance to update their registrations and helps election officials identify individuals no longer eligible to vote.

The notice will be mailed to the latest voting address on file with the board of elections, to a new address if the voter has already listed one with the post office or a forwarding address if available. The mailing will include a postage paid return envelope so voters can submit a new address by mail. Voters also may update their address online at

Voters who return a notice to confirm their address will remain "active" voters. Those who do not respond will be listed as "inactive" and have their registration canceled in 2019 unless they update their address or vote in the meantime. Registrations will be canceled for other voters who provide a new and permanent address outside Ohio.

Voters who need additional information should contact the Franklin County Board of Elections at (614) 525-3100.

Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center Summer Sale

from Animal Care & Control

All LARGE Dogs at least 45 lbs and larger are on sale!

Special $18 adoption price. It will only cost you the price of a dog license.

Franklin County Dog Shelter & Adoption Center is jam packed and needs your help to find homes for the dogs.

Check the Shelter website for dogs currently available for adoption.

Check out FCCS Connects E-News

from Children Services

Learn how FCCS celebrated agency youth during a recent graduation party in the June 2015 issue of Connects E-News. Featured articles also include:

  • Helping Kin Care for Children in Need
  • OSU Offers FCCS Foster Youth Tools for College Success

Click here to read the June 2015 Connects E-News.

Metro Parks 2015 GeoTrail

from Metro Parks

Search for caches in the Metro Parks 2015 GeoTrail, May 16 - August 31. Metro Parks' GeoTrail 2015 will take you on a tour of the parks while you learn about animal camouflage, mimicry and other ways wildlife hides in plain site. Visit the Metro Parks website for more information.

Mosquito Season Is upon Us

from Franklin County Public Health

Mosquito season is upon us. Visit the Franklin County Public Health website for complete Mosquito Program facts, updates and more.

Children Services Accent on Kids

from Children Services

The summer 2015 edition of the Children Services print publication, Accent on Kids, is here. Featured articles include:

  • FamJam Promises Family Fun
  • Scholarship Recipients Focus on Goals
  • Mom Kicks Addiction and Reunites with Kids

Click here to read the Accent on Kids Summer 2015 edition.

MORPC Announces Bike Training Pilot Program for Downtown Area Workers & Residents

from Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has announced the launch of the pilot "Ride Buddy" - a commute by bike training program. MORPC has partnered with YayBikes!, a local bicycle education and training non-profit, to educate and empower Downtown Columbus employees and residents to shift from driving alone by car to and from work to commuting by bicycle.

The pilot program is free and open to anyone who works or lives in the Downtown area during the month of June. The goal is to increase the number of people who bicycle to work, or bicycle during the day to meetings or lunch.

Click here for more information.

Current Construction Projects and Road Improvement Updates

from Engineer

Visit the Franklin County Engineer's Office website to find out the status of current road improvements occuring in Franklin County.

Metro Parks Nature Adventure Camps

from Metro Parks

Metro Parks' Nature Adventure Camps are designed to provide Central Ohio youth with the opportunity to discover and experience nature in an engaging, hands-on group setting. Campers will participate in fun outdoor activities, crafts and games. Metro Parks has been offering week-long day camp sessions since 1997. Programs are available for children in preschool through ninth grade.

Visit the Metro Parks website for more information about the camps and registration. Click here to see details of Adventure Camps that still have openings.

Riverfest On Tour!

from Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is pleased to announce that registration is open for the Riverfest On Tour! paddle events. Riverfest On Tour! is a celebration of water - Ohio's greatest resource. Riverfest educates the public about the vital role waterways play in the region. By interacting with waterways and offering canoe and kayak paddles on Central Ohio rivers, everyone can develop a lifelong appreciation for this resource. There are five paddles to choose from or do them all. More information and registration.