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File #: 1569-2020    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/25/2020 In control: Economic Development Committee
On agenda: 7/20/2020 Final action: 7/23/2020
Title: To authorize the Director of Development to enter into a grant agreement with the Franklin Park Conservatory in an amount up to $750,000.00 to add needed capacity to Franklin Park Conservatory’s operating budget as a result of COVID-19 specific closures; to authorize the expenditure of up to $750,000.00 from the CARES Act Fund; to authorize the payment of expenses starting March 1, 2020. ($750,000.00)
Attachments: 1. ORD1569-2020 2020-06-25 Admin Conservatory CARES Act
Explanation
Background: This legislation authorizes the Director of Development to enter into a grant agreement with the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in an amount up to $750,000.00 to add needed capacity to Franklin Park Conservatory’s operating budget as a result of COVID-19 specific closures.

The Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens supports economic recovery by attracting visitors from outside Franklin County. In 2019, more than 370,000 visitors came to the Conservatory with 130,000 of those visitors coming from outside the County. In addition, the Conservatory provides access to nature improving physical and mental health, reducing violence, increasing tolerance and encouraging creativity.

Fiscal Impact: Funding is provided to the City of Columbus from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress and signed into law March 27, 2020, and funds are available for the Department of Development in Fund 2207 subfund 220702.

Title
To authorize the Director of Development to enter into a grant agreement with the Franklin Park Conservatory in an amount up to $750,000.00 to add needed capacity to Franklin Park Conservatory’s operating budget as a result of COVID-19 specific closures; to authorize the expenditure of up to $750,000.00 from the CARES Act Fund; to authorize the payment of expenses starting March 1, 2020. ($750,000.00)

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WHEREAS, the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens supports economic recovery by attracting visitors from outside Franklin County; and,

WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in closures that adversely affected the Franklin Park Conservatory's operating budget; and,

WHEREAS, expenditure of CARES Act funding is necessary to address unforeseen needs caused by closures resulting from the COVID-19 public health emergency; and,

WHEREAS, such expenditure of funds has not been previously accounted for in the 2020 Budget; and,
WHEREAS, it has become ...

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