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 previous role as chair of the
Finance Committee, Councilmember Tyson led the effort to pass the city’s
largest ever General Fund and Capital Improvements Budgets. As chair of the Health
and Human Services and Workforce Development committees, her work addresses
many of our community’s highest priorities, including access to healthcare and
Councilmember 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 Councilmember 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. Councilmember 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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