2021 American Rescue Plan
On April 26 during the Gahanna City Council Finance Committee meeting, a 1st quarter financial update was given by our Finance Director. Within that conversation, an update on the 2021 American Rescue Plan was also discussed. Here is a brief summary:
Since the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 on March 11, 2021, we have received questions from the public concerning the legislation’s impact on Gahanna. There is still much uncertainty around the Plan, including exact distribution amounts and specific guidance for usage. However, there are some details we can share at this time.
How much funding will the City receive?
At this time, we are estimating that we will receive $6,957,018.75 in total, which is based on a population formula. If this estimated amount is confirmed, 50% (or $3,478,509.38) will be received in 2021. The remainder will be received in 2022, no earlier than 12 months after the first payment is received.
When will it be received?
Our funding will be distributed through the State of Ohio, specifically the Ohio Office of Budget and Management (OBM). We expect the funds to be distributed from OBM sometime after June 2021.
For what purpose(s) can the funds be used?
Similar to previous stimulus funding, monies received likely will be able to be used to respond to the public health emergency surrounding and caused by COVID19 or its negative impacts. Uses beyond that scope have not yet been determined with any certainty, and we are awaiting additional guidance from the U.S. Treasury and the OBM.
Currently, we are in the planning stage and are evaluating the accumulative losses incurred due to the COVID pandemic. We also are evaluating a second assistance program that will aid both residents and businesses in Gahanna.
As soon as we have definitive details to share, we will provide an update. Thanks for your patience as we determine final plans for the American Rescue Plan of 2021.
Gahanna is joining the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), Urban Land Institute, and many other cities in Franklin County to help bring the RAPID 5 project to fruition.
The goal of RAPID 5 is to connect major waterways, parks and trails in #CentralOhio, creating a cohesive system for residents and visitors.
Learn about how the project will affect Gahanna and take our quick survey at rapid5.org.
The City’s new Uniquely Gahanna magazine is here! The quarterly publication is mailed to all Gahanna households and is available in a digital version (LINK). The publication showcases the City of Gahanna–our attractions, businesses, residents, stories, development news, events, parks and community. Look for the next issue in July, 2021!
The City of Gahanna and Mayor Laurie Jadwin are pleased to announce the hiring of Nathan Strum as the City’s Director of Economic Development. In this role, Strum will be responsible for leading the City’s economic development efforts, including business attraction and retention programs, workforce development initiatives, and collaborating with partner organizations and stakeholders in implementing overall economic development strategies for the City.
Mayor Jadwin initiated a search to fill the role of Economic Development Director in December 2020, following the departure of Dr. Donna Goss, who stepped away from the role after being named the Director of Real Estate for The Ohio State University. Identifying a development professional with the needed experience and skill set was crucial. “Nathan’s demonstrated success in attracting both businesses and jobs, and his deep relationships within the Columbus Region development community, will be important assets in helping us to frame a successful path for Gahanna’s future development,” said Jadwin.
For the past five years, Strum served as the Director of Economic Development and Executive Director of GROW Licking County, the County’s leading economic development organization. In that role, he was the primary point of contact for business and industry attraction and expansion. He also currently serves as President of the Mid-Ohio Development Exchange (MODE), a regional membership organization that facilitates economic development within the Columbus Region and encourages interaction of member communities and businesses for the betterment of the Region. He has broad public administration experience and a long track record of growing and managing development projects. Strum stated that he is excited about the development opportunities in Gahanna and touts Gahanna’s geography as a premier location in Central Ohio. “As the Development Director for the City, I am most looking forward to helping develop the whole community — building lasting partnerships, identifying catalytic opportunities, and bringing visions to fruition.”
For Jadwin, this is another positive step toward furthering development projects that are vital to Gahanna’s long-term success and vibrancy. “Throughout 2020, we began the work of building a foundation that is focused on cost effective, streamlined operations and enhanced customer service for our businesses and our residents. In 2021, our efforts expanded to concentrate on smart economic development opportunities and strengthening Gahanna’s attractiveness for new business. We are excited to welcome Nathan to Gahanna and are confident that his strong skill set will bring positive results to our community. Gahanna is open for business, and Nathan is well-positioned to spread that message throughout the Region,” Jadwin stated.
In addition to his extensive development experience, Strum recently completed his Master of Public Administration degree from the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University. Additionally, he credits some of his volunteer efforts for his balanced approach to community development. “From volunteering in Pittsburgh and helping the Brewhouse Association shape the creation of the Brew House Artist Lofts, to my roles most recently with the Licking County Coalition for Housing — these experiences shaped my career as a balanced economic development practitioner focusing not only on job creation and growth, but also economic equity,” Strum said.
Strum is originally from Pittsburgh and is married to Christy, who hails from Cleveland. Strum will begin work on May 10, 2021. For more information on the City’s Department of Economic Development, go to Gahanna.gov.
Beginning the week of April 19, three intersections along Granville St. will undergo maintenance and repair work. As a result, temporarily traffic signals will be installed at Flint Ridge/Granville, Lincoln Circle/Granville and Mill St./Granville.
The temporary traffic signals are expected to be in place within the next two weeks. Intermittent flagging operations may occur at the intersections while work is being completed. The overall traffic pattern and lanes of travel are not expected to be impacted by the maintenance work. The temporary signals are expected to be in place for several months.
If you have any questions, please call the Public Service and Engineering Department at 614/342-4005.
The west side of Pizzurro Park will be closed for ground maintenance & other items starting 4/19 – 5/17. The east side of the park will remain open throughout the partial closure.
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