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Posted on: December 8, 2023

City to launch ‘Morning Brew Community Chats’ in January 2024

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The City of Columbus leaders and staff are hoping to soon have some fruitful conversations with the public over coffee, as the local government agency will begin hosting its “Morning Brew Community Chats” in January 2024.

From 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on the second and fourth Friday of every month beginning Jan. 12, all residents are invited to join elected officials and City staff for a cup of coffee on the third floor of the Columbus Community Building, 2500 14th St., in the gathering space outside of the Community Room overlooking downtown Columbus.

“We love hearing from and interacting with the citizens of Columbus, but wanted to provide an informal setting where they could talk with elected officials and staff,” City Administrator Tara Vasicek said. “We thought what better way than to invite the public to its community building bright and early a couple Fridays each month and visit with them over a cup coffee?”

Each session will see four hosts made of a combination of the mayor, Columbus City Council members and City staff. On Jan. 12, Vasicek, Mayor Jim Bulkley, City Council President Rich Jablonski and City Councilman Charlie Bahr will serve as the hosts.

“Outreach and engagement are essential components to communicating effectively. We (the City) are constantly trying to better communicate with our citizens and Morning Brews Community Chats is just our newest attempt,” Mayor Bulkley said. “Many people can be intimidated speaking in front of a group, such as at a Council meeting. The format that we are setting up with the Morning Brews Community Chats is being laid out to minimize this and make for a comfortable environment.”

The mayor added he hopes people will attend the sessions when they can so they can engage City officials.

“Check out our Morning Brews. Remember, we cannot address your concerns if we do not know about your concerns,” Bulkley said. “Communication is a two-way process.” 

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