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Media 5/06/2021

Columbus Dispatch

Ginther unveils slate of youth summer programs aimed at reducing violence in Columbus. The city Department of Neighborhoods and the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio joined with the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County Job Center to host the annual My Brother’s Keepers Youth and Community Job Fair May 13-14. Though the virtual event is open to the entire community, the focus is on providing full-time and part-time summer employment opportunities for youth ages 15 and older.

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Media 4/28/2021

NBC4: Community Conversation

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – NBC4 is committed to serving our community and with that in focus we will be sharing an important town hall meeting hosted by Kerry Charles on, Recently, Kerry sat down with local young people, tomorrow’s leaders, to hear their very real concerns about violence in our community.


Recorded on April 15, “Community Conversation: Tomorrow’s Leaders on Today’s Violence,” was created as a platform for our young neighbors to voice their concerns about violence in central Ohio in partnership with Franklin County’s Achieve More & Prosper (A.M.P) program.

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Media 4/08/2021


Ohio jobs center to partially reopen after renovation and COVID changes. The center provides career services for Franklin County residents, including resume-writing, interviewing skills, job searching, talent development and goal setting. It was on track

to serve about 6,500 people a year before the pandemic struck, Johnson said. 

"We want to offer hope, we want to offer empowerment, we want to offer the opportunity to live the best life possible." 

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Media 4/07/2021

CTV - City of Columbus

Press Conference: OhioMeansJobs Ribbon Cutting Hear from the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio's CEO Lisa Patt-McDaniel and Board Chair Evelyn Smith, Mayor Ginther, Commissioner Boyce, and Job Center Operator Scott Johnson to kick-off the Ribbon Cutting. Following a $600,000 renovation the center, located within the Jerry Hammond Building at 1111 East Broad St., has been upgraded to fit the future needs of area job seekers.


"It is a place that is safe, certainly, and a place where hope translates to opportunity for people."

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Media 4/07/2021

The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio jobs center to partially reopen after renovation and COVID changes. The OhioMeansJobs center in Columbus will partially reopen Thursday after a major renovation and a strange COVID year. The center, in the Jerry Hammond Building at 1111 East Broad St., underwent a $600,000-plus overhaul during the pandemic, improving everything from cubicles to common space.


"Everything is different," said Scott Johnson, who manages the center. "There wasn't a square foot of the space we didn't touch."


Media 4/06/2021

NBC4: Investing In Local Workers

Renovated Columbus job resource center set to reopen Thursday. COLUBMUS (WCMH) – Franklin County and Columbus leaders will take part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday, celebrating the future of many residents and three months of renovations at a resource committed to helping central Ohioans find jobs. 


“Everything else is literally new, from the paint to the floors to the chairs,” said Scott Johnson with OhioMeansJobs. “Everything.”

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Media 11/18/2020

Press Release: CARES ACT

WDBCO Provides Workforce Training at No Cost to Small Businesses Through $1 Million CARES ACT Funding from the City of Columbus: In response to COVID-19 and the challenges many businesses faced due to mandated state- ordered closure this year, Columbus City Council on Monday approved $1 Million Dollars of Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) funding to the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio (WDBCO) in order to provide workforce training at 100% no cost to Columbus employers.

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Media 9/29/2020

Columbus Dispatch

Commissioners boost program funding to help Franklin County residents return to workforce: People who complete training in the Franklin County Skill Boost program will now receive $500 to help tide them over, said Alex Beres, assistant economic development director for the county. When the program was launched in March, residents who had been terminated, laid off or furloughed from jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic received $250 for their involvement.


Media 8/10/2020

ThisWeek: Community News

Partnership of Westerville Chamber, city makes safe job searches possible: In response to the COVID-19 coronavirus and its current effects on the workforce, the Westerville Partnership, which is a collaboration between the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce, city of Westerville, Westerville Public Library, Otterbein University, and Westerville City School District, is working with the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio and OhioMeansJobs Columbus-Franklin County to hold a virtual hiring and information event.

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Media 7/31/2020

Virtual Social Services Fair

Participants will be able to engage with professionals in a “one-stop” virtual location to find help on a variety of pressing issues, including food access, legal aid, rent stabilization funds, childcare, job help, and more.

The virtual event is presented in partnership with OhioMeansJobs, Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio, Human Service Chamber of Franklin County and United Way of Central Ohio.

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Media 7/27/2020

CML: Social Services Fair

Central Ohio social-service agencies are hosting a virtual event to make sure that help is just a click away. They say many families are still suffering the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Media 5/30/2020

Smart Cities Dive

New era of city workforce development implores virtual strategies-
Experts say recovering from the economic destruction of the COVID-19 pandemic will require a new, tech-forward approach to regional hiring and workforce development.


Media 5/17/2020

NBC4's virtual Call4: 4's Army

NBC4 will be hosting a virtual Call4 with 3 local non-profits called “4’s Army Coronavirus Response: Resource Helpline.”  This resource Call4 will have volunteers staffing our phone lines with experts to take viewer calls/questions.​

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Media 5/06/2020

WOSU: Community Conversations

With the novel coronavirus putting many jobs in jeopardy, the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio is seeking to connect potential workers with training and available positions. Join our Community Conversation with Stephanie Robinson of the WDBCO...

Media 4/21/2020

10TV's 'Shining the Light'

'Shining the Light': Resources available to you during the coronavirus pandemic-
We know you have questions about everything from paying bills to putting food on the table to keeping your mind in check. 10TV is working on connecting you to solutions to challenges you are facing each day during the coronavirus pandemic.

Media 3/30/2020

Columbus CEO

Government officials, chambers of commerce, and advocacy groups are moving fast to ensure Central Ohio businesses have the most reliable and helpful information regarding the coronavirus pandemic and what help may be available.


Guide to coronavirus help for Columbus’ small businesses

Media 3/27/2020

Columbus Business First

Businesses, nonprofits and organizations across Central Ohio are working to help companies dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. 

WDBCO: Library of resources to assist job seekers with locating additional services throughout Central Ohio.

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Small Business Resource Guide

Media 3/26/2020

Columbus Business First

Columbus-area jobseekers will soon have a new option to connect with employers in the age of coronavirus: virtual job fairs. The goal of the virtual fairs is to “help dislocated employees connect to businesses that need employees to continue vital services,” ...

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Workforce groups plan virtual job fairs for people impacted by coronavirus pandemic

Media 3/25/2020

WOSU Public Media

The Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio will be hosting virtual hiring events throughout April for the newly unemployed or those laid off in the wake of the pandemic. Don DePerro from the Columbus Chamber of Commerce explains, “Each of them will be live for three days...And businesses can set up a virtual booth to share their available positions and to chat with potential candidates.”


As Columbus Shuts Down, Local Businesses And Non-Profits Pitch In

Media 3/24/2020

Columbus Business First

The workforce board's office is closed because of Covid-19, but it is creating online training programs. The county is funding $250 payments to workers who go through two weeks of training. Participants will have to submit recent pay stubs to prove they had a job loss due to the pandemic.

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Coronavirus response: Franklin County Commissioners approve $1M for small business loans, job training

Media 1/16/2020

Columbus Business First

The city of Columbus, the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio and the nonprofit Alvis are behind Edge, a program that is "designed to holistically address the challenges and barriers specific to an individual’s involvement with the criminal justice system," according to a news release.

“What someone does on their worst day does not have to define them forever,” Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said in a statement.

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Job-seekers with criminal records in Columbus getting help with retooled program