Posts in PACT News
PACT Open Houses for 2018

We appreciate all who join us for our monthly open houses – they are a hit! We encourage you to stop by the PACT offices, 211 Taylor Ave., during one of our open houses to connect. We would love to hear what is on your mind and we will provide you with updates.  Join us for the following First Quarter 2018 open houses:

  • Friday, January 26; 8-10 am

  • Thursday, February 22; 4-6 pm

  • Saturday, March 17; 9-11 am

  • Friday, March 23; 11 am-1 pm

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Near East Side Neighborhood Leadership Academy Graduates Class of 17

On November 14, over 100 guests gathered at Broad Street Presbyterian Church to celebrate the graduation of the inaugural class of the Near East Side Neighborhood Leadership Academy. The graduating class consisted of 17 participants who live, work, and/or worship on the Near East Side, and completed the six-month, 40-hour program. The Near East Side Neighborhood Leadership Academy equips aspiring neighborhood leaders with the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to become transformative agents of change in their respective communities.

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PACT Welcomes Two New Team Members: Tuhru and David.

David Foust comes to PACT from Ohio CDC Association where he served as program director. His primary responsibilities included managing the Ohio Microbusiness Development Grant Program, Ohio Microbusiness Recoverable Grant Fund, and leading an industry-wide marketing and branding initiative for the community development industry in Ohio. Tuhru Derden most recently worked at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a project coordinator for community relations. During his tenure at the hospital, he helped to manage a number of housing initiatives.

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David's Corner - Fall 2017

Listening.  Learning.  Building relationships.  These areas of focus have guided my efforts during my nine months serving as the executive director of PACT. It’s my commitment that these three principles will continue to guide my efforts now and into the future. To do so requires constant engagement and accessibility and we are finding ways to continue to engage the community.

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Fifth Third Bank Sponsors PACT Exterior Home Repair Program

PACT is proud to announce it is expanding the Exterior Home Repair Program thanks to a combined $147,500 in grants from Fifth Third Bank’s Strengthening Our Communities Fund, the Fifth Third Community Development Corporation and Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing to support the PACT Exterior Home Repair Program. Additional funders include The Ohio State University and United Way of Central Ohio.   

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Health Sciences Academies Host Parent University

Are you looking for ways to help your child with school work? Parent University can help. It’s free and it’s just for you! Parent University offers information on financial literacy, how to create a college climate in the home, how to be a partner with teachers, leadership development and managing social media with your children. It also offers a session on preparing healthy meals on a budget and on the go!

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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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