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File #: 1581-2021    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/10/2021 In control: Criminal Justice & Judiciary Committee
On agenda: 7/12/2021 Final action: 7/15/2021
Title: To authorize and direct the City Clerk to accept a $107,027.50 grant on behalf of the City of Columbus from The Ohio State University Alliance for the American Dream, a collaboration with Schmidt Futures; to authorize an appropriation within the Neighborhood Initiatives subfund; to authorize a transfer of cash between the Neighborhood Initiatives subfund and the general government grants fund; to authorize the appropriation of up to $321,082.50 from the unappropriated balance of the general government grants fund; to authorize the Director of the Department of Technology to enter into contract with Smart Columbus, LLC; and to waive the competitive bidding provisions of City Code. ($321,082.50)
Sponsors: Rob Dorans, Shayla Favor
Attachments: 1. 1581-2021, 2. 1581 Bid Waiver Form
Explanation
Columbus City Council, through the office of Councilmember Rob Dorans, has been awarded an additional $107,027.50 grant from The Ohio State University, in partnership with the Alliance for the American Dream, in support of Columbus City Council’s effort to simplify the record sealing application process and expand access to legal support services for Columbus residents with a criminal record. A $25,000.00 grant award (Ordinance 3294-2019), a $50,000.00 grant award (Ordinance 1484-2020), and $500,000.00 grant award (Ordinance 0165-2021) were previously accepted, bringing the total grant award from The Ohio State University, in partnership with the Alliance for the American Dream, to $682,027.50.

The $107,027.50 grant award is made available through December 31, 2022. The funds will be used to develop and launch the Opportunity Port platform based on the project presented by Opportunity Port in response to the Second Community Challenge issued by The Ohio State University, in partnership with the Alliance for the American Dream. These funds will be used exclusively for the purpose of developing and launching the project and will be allocated to support legitimate project costs, including the expenses associated with the identification and convening of collaborative partners, co-development of actionable ideas or policies addressing Alliance for the American Dream goals, vetting ideas with key stakeholders/subject matter experts, and managing, developing, testing, and evaluating the Opportunity Port platform.

Smart Columbus, LLC will serve as the administrator for this grant. A waiver of competitive bidding is requested, as Smart Columbus, LLC has been integrally involved in the development process up to this point. It is in the city's best interest and it would be manifestly impractical to bid for administration given the timeline required for expenditure and scope of the project presented by Opportunity Port.

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