High Five

Media Relations Team

Robin Davis
Director of Media Relations
614.645.2425
rcdavis@columbus.gov

Melanie Crabill
Communications Manager
614.645.5300
mjcrabill@columbus.gov

News Releases

June 11, 2019

Since I took office almost three years ago, I have been consistent in my priorities to make Columbus America’s Opportunity City. I have focused the attention of my administration – and my budget – on creating an affordable city with dynamic, inclusive growth, mixed income neighborhoods that support family stability, and mobility that provides equity and improves the quality of life for all of our residents.

I have placed a high standard for the role of diversity and inclusion at the City of Columbus, pushing for stronger recruitment strategies and tasking leadership to champion the value of diversity -- because as we all know, we cannot become America’s Opportunity City until we become America’s Equal Opportunity City.

We have had successes as one of the largest employers in the City of Columbus, in recruiting and hiring workers that reflect the diversity of this great city.

Through outreach and engagement, we also want to increase the diverse pool of suppliers who compete for City contracting opportunities. An important part of this work will include the completion of the Disparity Study, expected later this summer, which will help us begin to form policies and procedures to help increase supplier diversity.

But we have not been waiting for the results of the study to continue to move forward. In 2017, we saw a 50% increase in city spending with minority- and women-owned businesses. In 2018, we saw another 24% increase over 2017 -- 15.58% of our contracts last year were awarded to minority- and women-owned businesses.

We still have work to do, but I am excited about the direction the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is going and my administration’s commitment to using inclusion as the lens through which we make all of our decisions.

Click here to see what each of our departments has been doing to create a culture of diversity here in this great city we call home.