About Councilmember Tyson
A dedicated leader and lifelong resident of Columbus, Priscilla R. Tyson joined Columbus City Council in January of 2007. On City Council, she has worked for job creation, economic development, safety, and a high quality of life for the residents of Columbus. In her current role as chair of the Finance Committee, President Pro Tem Tyson led the effort to pass the city’s largest ever General Fund and Capital Improvements Budgets. As Chair of the Finance, Health and Human Services and Workforce Development Committees, her work addresses many of our community’s highest priorities, including access to healthcare and job training.
President Pro Tem Tyson’s proudest achievements include investing in programs designed to create pathways out of poverty; increasing access to food and employment opportunities; sponsoring homelessness prevention programs; funding $1.7 million in home repairs in the Driving Park neighborhood through the James Johnson Driving Park Home Repair Program; creating the first city funding for community gardening and the Columbus Arts Commission; increasing funding to recruit more small and minority businesses for nuisance abatement contracts; and updating the Columbus Civil Rights Code to protect people on the basis of age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, familial status, and military status. In 2016 Council Member Tyson partnered with Franklin County Commissioner John O’Grady to pass one of the first joint City-County Food Plans in the nation aimed at reducing food insecurity. Council Member Tyson in an effort to improve the overall health of Columbus residents - successfully passed T21 legislation which raised the legal age of selling tobacco & tobacco products from 18 to 21.
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The Local Food Action Plan
The City of Columbus and Franklin County, together with Local Matters and other community partners, have developed a Local Food Action Plan to increase coordination, access, education and grow the local economy. The Columbus and Franklin County Local Food Action Plan was adopted by the Columbus City Council and the Franklin County Board of Commissioners in November, 2016.
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