A Message from the Executive Director - January 2017

For those of you I’ve not yet had the pleasure to meet, I’m Dave Cofer and on January 9, I was blessed to begin my appointment as Executive Director of PACT. For those of you I have already met, thank you for your generosity and hospitality as you have welcomed me into your community. I am so very appreciative to be with you here on the Near East Side, a community of diverse people and places and incredibly rich history and tradition.

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The Ohio State University Offering Incentives for Employees to Move to the Near East Side

Ohio State University will offer financial assistance for employees to move near its Near East Side hospital in a bid to improve homeownership rates in the area.

The Near East Side incentive program piggybacks on a similar program offered by the university in Weinland Park, which is near the main Columbus campus, but the new incentive is a third higher.

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Great neighborhoods have effective leaders who share a common goal—to improve the quality of life through positive change. The Neighborhood Leadership Academy welcomes current and aspiring community leaders who are open to new ideas and concepts of leadership and community engagement.

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Health Sciences Academy Launch

On Wednesday, August 26,  local leaders gathered at Champion Middle School to officially launch the Health Sciences Academies — a new education platform that will turn the focus of seven east side schools toward healthy lifestyles and health career readiness. The event included a special welcome from City Year Columbus and was attended by faculty, staff, parents, students, and community members. The 6th graders were also given a White Coat Ceremony to mark their transition into the Health Sciences Academy at Champion Middle School.

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Buckeye Voices: A Lesson in Revitalization

Buckeye Voices is an Ohio State University blog created to share great stories from senior leaders, alumni, faculty, students and staff – all told in the first person. This summer, Executive Director of PACT, Trudy Bartley, wrote a Buckeye Voices in which she shared her childhood memories of the Near East Side and PACT’s vision for revitalizing the community. Trudy’s blog post, A Lesson in Revitalization can be found on the Buckeye Voices website.

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