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Posted on: January 19, 2024

Morning Brew Community Chats to debut Friday, Jan. 26


Mother Nature may have delayed the start of the City's new Morning Brew Community Chats initiative, but she can't stop it.

The first-ever session will take place from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, 2024, in the third floor commons of the Columbus Community Building. Councilmen Ron Schilling and J. Prent Roth, as well as Councilwoman Hope Freshour and Columbus Public Library Director Jeri Hopkins, will serve as the hosts.

From 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on the second and fourth Friday of every month, all residents are invited to join elected officials and City staff for a cup of coffee. There will be no formal presentation or agenda, but rather the opportunity to mingle with elected officials and City staff, as well as other residents. Black coffee will be provided. The program was originally set to launch Jan. 12, but was postponed due to winter weather that hit the area that day.

“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?”

Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley said he's excited for the program to get going.

“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.” 

The Columbus Community Building is at 2500 14th St. in downtown Columbus.

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