18:00 PM

PACT Advisory Committee presents ‘The Launch’

The revitalization of Columbus' Near East Side is the topic of a community celebration on Sunday (1/8) as Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT) invites residents, community leaders, church members, parents, students, civic organizations and others who work, worship, and visit the neighborhood to the event, which will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. at East High School, 1500 E. Broad St.

PACT is a partnership between the City of Columbus, The Ohio State University, The Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority and Near East Side stakeholders to invest in the neighborhood.
In February, 2010, the university pledged $10 million dollars to the area. Main components of the investment will be focused on 1) jobs and economic impact; 2) safe, vibrant and accessible neighborhoods; 3) health and wellness; 4) education: and 5) housing.

The event is designed to:
* Celebrate the official “Launch” into the planning process;
* Share the vision, goals and timeline of PACT with a broad community of stakeholders;
* Present the data gathered during the Community Conversations;
* Educate attendees on what it means to develop a master plan/Blueprint for Community Investment;
* Inspire the community about the possibilities that exist when partners come together to invest in and enhance a neighborhood.

Speakers include Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Yvette McGee Brown, Lydia Wiggins, a resident of Poindexter Village; Stanley Harris, chairman of the Columbus Metropolitan Housing Authority Board of Trustees; and Stephanie Hightower, resident and president and CEO of the Columbus Urban League.

At the event, the public will have the opportunity to participate and learn more about PACT and information collected from Community Conversations. PACT will also do a Community Roll Call to celebrate the numerous groups that shape the area.

For more information, see eastpact.org/

WHAT: PACT presents ‘The Launch’

WHEN: 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday (1/8)
Program runs from 2 to 3:30 p.m., including a balloon launch in the parking lot at 3:15 p.m. Speakers will be available following the program.

WHERE: East High School, 1500 E. Broad St.