Pro Tem Brown to Host First Columbus Policy Pitch Night
President Pro Tem Elizabeth Brown will host Columbus City Council’s first Policy Pitch Night, in which Columbus residents will get the opportunity to submit their “unique” policy ideas in hopes of becoming law.
Submissions for the competition are due by Sunday, March 1.
A press release from City Council said the competition was for residents of all ages with a policy idea to “solve a problem, improve quality of life or to make city government work better for all.”
“Creating public policy is not just putting words on paper; it’s about making a difference in peoples’ lives,” said Pro Tem Brown. “No one knows more about the effect of a policy than the people impacted, and I am excited to tap into the everyday expertise of residents to learn how our city can do better.”
Brown will partner with Cincinnati-based community engagement and strategy company Cohear to host the event. Policy Pitch Night originated in Cincinnati two years ago when Cincinnati City Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld partnered with the company.
Once the submission window has closed, a group of community members and leaders will decide the top five finalists, who will then have five to seven minutes to present their policy idea at an event on Tuesday, March 31. The audience will cast votes to select the winning policy, which Pro Tem Brown will bring before City Hall.
Residents can submit their Columbus policy ideas here by 10:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 1, 2020.
Find more information on Columbus City Council by visiting www.columbus.gov/council.