Linden Neighborhood Conversation

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

Melanie Crabill
Communications Manager
614.645.5300
mjcrabill@columbus.gov

New Bridge

City of Columbus and Partners Announce Learning Extension Centers The City of Columbus and other partners today announced a coalition of Learning Extension Centers around the community. - learn more

City of Columbus Extends Outdoor Dining Program The outdoor seating pilot program for restaurants and bars has been extended through November. - learn more

Columbus Selected to Participate in New Program to Tackle Budget Crises and Advance Equity with Support from Bloomberg Philanthropies Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced that Columbus is one of 30 cities that will participate in the What Works Cities City Budgeting for Equity and Recovery program. - learn more

Columbus Tops 30,000 Home Energy Audits in 2020 The City of Columbus’ Sustainable Steps program celebrated a key environmental protection sustainability milestone on October 7 - surpassing 30,000 home energy audits in Columbus within two years. - learn more

City Seeks to Repeal Bar and Restaurant Curfew Legislation to repeal Ordinance 1821-2020 that imposes a 10 p.m. curfew on bars and restaurants will be presented to Columbus City Council tonight for a vote. - learn more

City of Columbus Announces Trick or Treat Date and Time Following the guidelines released by the Ohio Department of Health and in line with the recommendation of MORPC, the City of Columbus will allow trick-or-treat on Thursday, October 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. - learn more

City of Columbus Announces Precinct Election Official Leave Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, along with Columbus City Council President Shannon G. Hardin and Franklin County Board of Elections Director Ed Leonard announced a Precinct Election Official Leave Program to encourage City of Columbus employees to work the General Election on November 3, 2020. - learn more

Hundreds of Small and Minority Businesses Receive Funding From the City and Franklin County Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, along with Columbus City Council President Shannon G. Hardin and Franklin County Board of Commissioners President John O’Grady announced that more than 850 small, minority and women-owned businesses have received more than $8.3 million from the Columbus-Franklin County COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Fund. - learn more

Local Organizations Cheered for Environmental Success through GreenSpot The City of Columbus’ annual GreenSpotLight awards celebration recognized three businesses for their outstanding sustainability practices - learn more

Local Human Service Agencies to receive CARES Act Funding Mayor Andrew J. Ginther was joined by Columbus City Councilmember Priscilla Tyson and Franklin County Board of Commissioners President John O’Grady to announce $20 million in funding to human services organizations that provide programs that address essential needs of Columbus and Franklin County residents. - learn more

Mayor Ginther Appoints Advisory Committee to Support Economic Recovery from COVID-19 Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced that he will convene a Recovery and Resiliency Advisory Committee. - learn more

City of Columbus Facing $41 Million Reduction in Revenue in 2020 Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Columbus City Auditor Megan Kilgore announced that the impacts of COVID-19 have drastically reduced revenue expectations for 2020. - learn more

Nationwide Children’s Hospital Receives $2.5 Million Grant from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Expand Teen Health Programs in Columbus City Schools The Office of Population Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded Nationwide Children’s Hospital a $2.5 million grant to support and expand its school-based adolescent healthcare services within Columbus City Schools (CCS). - learn more

City Releases Plan, Launches New Program for Financial Empowerment The City unveiled a Financial Empowerment Roadmap that includes startling findings about the state of financial security of Columbus women and families. - learn more

City of Columbus Celebrates Win Changing the Eviction Process The City of Columbus and the Legal Aid Society of Columbus celebrated a victory on a decision by the Tenth District Court of Appeals that prevents landlords from evicting tenants without appearing in court. - learn more

City of Columbus Announces Temporary Outdoor Seating Pilot Program In an effort to assist local restaurants during the Public Health Emergency Order declared by Mayor Andrew J. Ginther in March, the City of Columbus is implementing a pilot program that will allow restaurants to expand outdoor seating in Columbus. - learn more

Mayor Ginther, City and Partners Kick-Off Community Choice Aggregation Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, along with other city, energy and community leaders, announced the selection of a preferred electricity supplier, kicking off the community choice aggregation initiative as part of the city’s goal for 100% clean energy by 2022 and to be carbon neutral by 2050. - learn more

Mayor Ginther Announces 30x30 Challenge to Address Systemic Racism in the Workplace Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, along with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, announced the 30x30 Challenge to ensure the City of Columbus is a diverse and inclusive workplace. - learn more

Mayor Ginther, County and Community Partners Address Increased Violence Mayor Andrew J. Ginther was joined by other city, county and community leaders to address the increase in violence in Columbus, laying out collaborative initiatives to reach at-risk youth. - learn more

Maureen L. Stapleton hired as CelebrateOne Executive Director Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced that Maureen L. Stapleton will serve as Executive Director for CelebrateOne, the city’s initiative to reduce infant mortality - learn more

City Division of Power Announces Available Funding for Electric Bill Payment Assistance The City of Columbus’ Division of Power today announced that roughly $300,000 in funding is available for the Pandemic Payment Relief program. - learn more

City of Columbus and Partners Announce CARES Act Funding to Increase Family Stability Mayor Andrew J. Ginther along with Columbus City Council and Franklin County announced CARES Act funding to increase family stability. - learn more

Mayor Ginther, Health Commissioner Ask Council to Limit Hours for Bars, Nightclubs and Restaurants Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts will advance legislation to Columbus City Council Monday, July 27, 2020, to place restrictions on the hours of operations for bars, nightclubs and restaurants. - learn more

City of Columbus and Partners Announce Linden Fresh Foods Market Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and community leaders announced a free food market with pharmacy access funded by the City, the Healthy Families Healthy Neighborhoods Reality Collaborative and Columbus Next Generation Corporation. The - learn more

City of Columbus Announces CARES Act Funding For Columbus City Schools Mayor Andrew J. Ginther along with Columbus City Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown and Columbus City Schools announced CARES Act funding for additional Chromebooks for Columbus City Schools’ students. - learn more

City of Columbus Announces Charter Amendment Mayor Andrew J. Ginther along with Columbus City Council President Shannon G. Hardin, City Attorney Zach Klein and a host of community, business and faith leaders stood announced a charter amendment to codify a Civilian Police Review Board and an Inspector General for the Columbus Division of Police. - learn more

City Announces $15 Million Available for Human Services Providers The City of Columbus announced that $15 million CARES Act funding is available to nonprofit human services providers to ease the impact of COVID-19. - learn more

City of Columbus Announce Grants for Summer Youth Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown announced 40 nonprofits will be recipients of $2 million in grant funds supported by the CARES Act to expand summer camps and programming options for Columbus youth. - learn more

Mayor Ginther, City Council, Community Partners Announce $500,000 for Home Repair Assistance in Linden Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Columbus City Council joined community partners to announce $500,000 to assist the Linden community with exterior home repairs as part of The 614 for Linden collaborative. - learn more

City Engages Independent Investigator, Law firm to Investigate Police Response to Protests Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced the hiring of two independent entities to handle investigations into Columbus Division of Police responses to recent protests. - learn more

City Removing Christopher Columbus Statue Today The City of Columbus is removing the Christopher Columbus statue on the Broad Street side of City Hall. - learn more

CITY OF COLUMBUS, COTA AND MORPC LAUNCH LINKUS CENTRAL OHIO The City of Columbus, Central Ohio Transit Authority, and Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission unveiled LinkUS, a collaborative effort with private sector and neighborhood partners that allows for mobility implementation efforts within the region to be centered under an umbrella program. - learn more

Mayor Ginther Directs Christopher Columbus Statue to be Removed Mayor Andrew J. Ginther today announced that the Christopher Columbus statue on the Broad Street side of City Hall will be removed as soon as possible and placed in storage. - learn more

Mayor Ginther, Chief Quinlan, City Attorney Klein and Council President Hardin Announce Chief’s Advisory Panel and Strict Limits on Use of Tear Gas, Pepper Spray Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, Police Chief Thomas Quinlan, City Attorney Zach Klein and City Council President Shannon Hardin announced the Chief’s Advisory Panel. - learn more

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown provide funding to expand summer programming for Columbus youth Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Council President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown announced legislation to provide funds to expand summer camps and programming options for Columbus youth - learn more

Mayor to Issue Executive Order, Council to Pass Law Mandating Independent Investigations of Police-Involved Deaths Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced he will issue an Executive Order to require all fatal use of force cases or cases of death in police custody in Columbus to the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). - learn more

Mayor Ginther, Council President Hardin and Councilmember Tyson Announce Funding for Human Services Programs Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, Council President Shannon G. Hardin and Councilmember Priscilla Tyson today announced upcoming legislation to provide funding for human services organizations that provide programs to increase the resiliency of Columbus residents. - learn more

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Rescinds Curfew for City After consultation with Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther will rescind the emergency order which established a 10 p.m. curfew. - learn more

Mayor, Police Chief Report Progress on Implementation of Safety Commission Recommendations Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Columbus Police Chief Tom Quinlan briefed the Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission on progress toward implementation of their recommendations delivered in January. - learn more

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Implements Curfew for City to Prevent Violence After three days of escalating protests, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther signed an executive order implementing a curfew on the City of Columbus from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. - learn more

City Announces New Program to Assist Small Businesses Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, City Council President Shannon Hardin and JPMorgan Chase today announced the Columbus COVID-19 Small Business Response and Recovery Fund, a loan and grant program created to help small businesses in Columbus get through the challenges of COVID-19. - learn more

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Appoints Jeffrey Happ Interim Fire Chief Mayor Andrew J. Ginther has appointed Assistant Chief Jeffrey Happ to serve as interim Chief of the Columbus Division of Fire, succeeding Chief Kevin O’Connor who will retire Thurs., May 28. - learn more

Play Safe, Live Smart: Columbus Recreation and Parks Summer Plans Columbus Recreation and Parks Department continues to place priority in keeping Columbus residents safe and healthy during the public health emergency - learn more

City Announces CARES Act Funding Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced that the city of Columbus has received $157 million in federal funds from the CARES Act to provide assistance in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. - learn more

Mayor Ginther signs Executive Order allowing boards, panels and commissions to conduct virtual meetings Mayor Andrew J. Ginther today signed an Executive Order, aligned with the recently amended Ohio Revised Code, which temporarily allows the groups to convene web-based meetings. - learn more

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Responds to Reopening Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther released a following statement regarding the gradual reopening of Columbus. - learn more

City of Columbus Begins Infrastructure Work on Sullivant Avenue The City of Columbus began work this week on $10 million in infrastructure improvements along the Sullivant Avenue corridor that includes roadway repairs, pedestrian safety enhancements, new traffic signals and street lighting. - learn more

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther Names Michael Stevens Permanent Development Director Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced Michael Stevens will serve as the permanent Director of the Columbus Department of Development. - learn more

Columbus and Partners Announced New Shelter For Homeless Population COVID-19 The City of Columbus, Community Shelter Board and YMCA of Central Ohio announced the opening of a new shelter for homeless residents who have either tested positive for COVID-19 or have been determined by a medical professional to be showing symptoms of COVID-19. - learn more

Columbus Public Health Steps-up Enforcement of Social Distancing and Hygiene for Businesses Beginning today, Columbus Public Health will step up inspections on businesses to assure they are complying with the Ohio Department of Health’s orders for social distancing and basic hygiene to slow the spread of COVID- 19. - learn more

City of Columbus to Delay April Start of Annual Street Sweeping Program The City of Columbus is delaying the April start of its annual street sweeping program at posted routes to ensure convenience and on-street parking availability for residents during the COVID-19 public health crisis. - learn more

Statement from Mayor Ginther Regarding Stay at Home Order Mayor Ginther issued a statement regarding the Stay At Home order from Governor DeWine. - learn more

Fire Chief Kevin O’Connor Announces Resignation Fire Chief Kevin O’Connor announced that he will be resigning from his position as Fire Chief from the Columbus Division of Fire effective May 28, 2020. - learn more

Second Confirmed COVID-19 Case in Columbus Suggests Community Spread Columbus Public Health announced the second confirmed COVID-19 case in Columbus this morning. - learn more

Franklin County Municipal Court Ceases Court Hearings During COVID-19 Pandemic The Franklin County Municipal Court will remain open and functioning but all scheduled court hearings with the exception of prisoner cases will be continued to a date to be determined in the near future beginning on Monday, March 16, 2020. - learn more

Columbus Firefighter Tests Positive for COVID-19 A Columbus Division of Fire firefighter/EMT tested positive for COVID-19. - learn more

Columbus Public Health Reports First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 Columbus Public Health is reporting the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Columbus. - learn more

City of Columbus Among 105 Globally To Score “A” For Leading Climate Action The City of Columbus earned an “A” for its actions to stem climate change, according an organization that works worldwide to encourage companies and governments to reduce their carbon emissions. - learn more

2020 State of the City 2020 State of the City Address - learn more

Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission Releases Report The Columbus Community Safety Advisory Commission released its report to Mayor Andrew J. Ginther at Beatty Community Center in the Near East Side. - learn more

Dr. Beverly Stallings-Johnson hired as Chief Diversity Officer Mayor Andrew J. Ginther announced that Dr. Beverly Stallings-Johnson will serve as Chief Diversity Officer for the City of Columbus. - learn more

CITY, COUNTY EXPLORING LOCATION FOR NEW MUNICIPAL COURT BUILDING The City of Columbus and the Franklin County Board of Commissioners announced they are exploring the feasibility of constructing a new municipal courthouse at the southeast corner of South High Street and East Mound Street, between Mound and East Fulton Street - learn more

Former Ohio State Chief of Police Hired as Deputy Director in Columbus Department of Public Safety The Columbus Department of Public Safety announced that Craig Stone, former Chief of Police at The Ohio State University, and retired Columbus Division of Police lieutenant, has been hired as Deputy Public Safety Director. - learn more

EDGE Program to Help Overcome Barriers to Job Readiness The City of Columbus, in coordination with Alvis and Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio, launched the EDGE Program. - learn more

Mayor Ginther and First Lady Shannon Ginther Announce New Columbus Women’s Commission Members Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and First Lady Shannon Ginther announced nine new Commissioners on the Columbus Women’s Commission. - learn more