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Power of One

The Power of One is a program benefiting small business through low-cost, high-impact exterior improvements to increase curb appeal.

Visit the program website on May 1, 2023 to apply for a grant of up to $15,000 for exterior improvements to your small business!

Have a Question? Email Juliana Silveira at or call at 614.221.5001

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2022 Area Commission Winter Training

Topic: Zoning

The Department of Neighborhoods and Building & Zoning Services will host an in depth Zoning Training on Saturday, February 26 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM via WebEx. Due to COVID-19, all trainings will be held via WebEx or Zoom until further notice.  The WebEx link required to attend the presentation will be sent to all registered participants in a separate email. Please note: You will need to download the WebEx App to your device in order to participate in this training.

WHAT: Zoning Training 

WHEN: Saturday, February 26, 2022 

TIME: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM (via WebEx)   

Please register for this training by using the following link: Registration Link

We invite you to submit questions in advance to  Questions will be accepted through Wednesday, February 23rd at 11:55 PM. For more information, please contact Tony Celebrezze at 614-645-6769 or send email
Registration closes February 23, 2022 at 11:55 p.m.
For questions regarding registration, contact David Hooie @

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‘Columbus is My Neighborhood’ seeks to elevate exceptional neighbors

Do you know someone in your community making a difference? The Columbus is My Neighborhood project team is seeking nominations to elevate and celebrate BIPOC (black, Indigenous and people of color) Columbus natives (born or raised) committed to making their neighborhood a better place.

The project aims to highlight individuals, their stories, and their contributions to the community through social media posts and a photo-based public art piece later this year. The art piece will feature 10 individuals making strides in the following areas:

  • Art
  • Business
  • Education
  • Environment/Sustainability
  • Food security
  • Healthcare
  • Housing equity
  • LGBTQ+ activism
  • Police reform
  • Women/gender equality

Nominees must demonstrate excellent leadership skills, exhibit initiative toward community improvement, promotes positivity, creativity, and progress, support and help others reach their goals, and enhances the Neighborhood of Columbus. Nominations must be submitted online by Monday June 28, 2021. Visit the Columbus is my Neighborhood website to learn more and nominate a local hero!

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Help re-imagine recreation options in Central Ohio with The RAPID Project

Do you visit parks, trails, and open space locations in your neighborhood and throughout Central Ohio? We’re looking for your thoughts on the future of outdoor and open space recreation opportunities in Central Ohio, and we need you!

This vision will create a cohesive plan for the improvement and development of the publicly owned land along the five riparian corridors in Franklin County. This plan is intended to be much more than a parks or greenspace master plan. It is a vision to reframe the connectivity of the region based on the natural geography defined by our waterways; to connect all Franklin County residents to the region’s natural resources, cultural, and economic resources for recreation, commuting, commerce, education, and relaxation.

RAPID 5 is a community led vision to plan for a future where our natural resources, parks, and rivers are integrated into the fabric of our community. Public and private partners throughout central Ohio have come together to realize this opportunity, and we need your help to shape the vision.

RAPID 5 is a unique opportunity to create a shared vision for an integrated open space network to benefit our economy, manage growth, provide access for recreation, education, and health; preserve natural resources and environmental health.

Through an online engagement platform, you can provide input, insight and information on a map, an idea board, or by taking a survey (or all three if you like). The success of this effort will rely on the guidance you provide.

Visit The Rapid Project website to learn more and get involved today!

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LAVAC History/Community Relations Committee

The Defense Supply Center Columbus Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Diversity and the African American Employment Program commemorated Black History Month with a two-part series recognizing Hanford Village.  This year’s national theme is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, Diversity.”

 The first part focuses on the representation of the Black Family in Hanford Village and the impact of zoning on the community.  The second part focuses on the identity and diversity within the black families in Hanford Village.  Both parts address the impact of the construction of Interstate 70. 

First part:

Second part:

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COVID-19 Vaccine Opportunity Clinic

Columbus Public Health is holding a special vaccine clinic for eligible residents in CelebrateOne neighborhoods from 1-4 p.m. on February 26 at Columbus Public Health – first floor. (240 Parsons Ave.)

To be eligible for this free COVID-19 vaccine clinic, you need to be in Phase 1B (65 years or older, or have a qualifying medical condition) AND live in one of the following ZIP codes: 43203; 43204; 43205; 43206; 43207; 43211; 43219; 43222; 43223; 43224; 43227; 43229; 43232.

Vaccines are given by appointment only – and spaces are limited. To register, call 614-645-6444 (M-F, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) or email If you need transportation to the clinic call 614-526-6200.