File #: 1421-2022    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 5/10/2022 In control: Finance Committee
On agenda: 5/23/2022 Final action: 5/26/2022
Title: To authorize the Director of the Department of Finance and Management to contract with the State of Ohio Collective in support of the Ohio Black Expo Week Events, a celebration of Black Culture designed to inspire, educate, and showcase Blackexpollence; to authorize the transfer of $25,000.00 from the Jobs Growth Fund to the General Fund; to authorize the transfer of $25,000.00 within the General Fund; to authorize the expenditure of $50,000.00 from the General Fund; and to declare an emergency. ($50,000.00)
Attachments: 1. Ord 1421-2022 Legislation Template

Background: This ordinance authorizes the Finance and Management Director to contract with the State of Ohio Collective for support of the Ohio Black Expo Week Events, which take place the week of May 26-29th, 2022. The Ohio Black Expo (OBE) in partnership with the Ohio NAACP Conference of Branches and the State of Ohio Collective will host the Ohio Black Expo Riverfront Culture Fest. This cultural celebration seeks to inspire thousands of Black citizens, families, entrepreneurs, and small businesses across the state who are seeking to celebrate Black culture. This innovative, one of a kind statewide gathering leverages multiple businesses, partnerships, seminars, and events to educate and inspire by showcasing Blackexpollence. It is through this effort and year-round programming that the partnership works to improve the quality of life for Ohio’s citizens with several initiatives designed to address areas that are key to the success and well-being of African Americans in Ohio. OBE is statewide humanitarian organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for Ohio’s African American citizens, by establishing and encouraging an independent self-help approach to problem solving.
Events will include; small business, wellness, veterans, and senior workshops and resources; the Riverfront Culture Fest (a multi-generational cultural celebration at Genoa Park); the State of Black Ohio (a series of racial equity focused panel discussions exploring solutions to crucial current issues in the areas of economic development, education, health, and housing); and the Youth & College Build Black Better Sessions (business sessions focused on black businesses, wealth, capacity building, and organizational sustainability).
The State of Ohio Collective implements strategies and plans to solve institutional, structural, and systematic racism across the State of Ohio. Their mission is to respond to the identified issues and problems of African Americans based on r...

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