"Develop strategies and funding solutions to increase the amount of workforce and other affordable housing options in areas outside of the city of Columbus."

Future 50 Class of 2020

Zachary Woodruff

Director of development and public service, City of Whitehall

About: Zach Woodruff has provided 18 years of public service in Central Ohio, and now leads development and public service efforts for Whitehall. The city has added nearly 2,500 new jobs since 2012, leading to an increase of $5.7 million in revenue. Woodruff’s team, under the guidance of Mayor Kim Maggard, also has aided in the creation of hundreds of new affordable housing units in the city. The Whitehall native holds a bachelor of arts degree from Ohio State University and resides in Pickerington with his family.

Outside of work: Board member for Pride of Whitehall, Ground Level Solutions, Whitehall Community Improvement Corp. and the Franklin County Transportation Improvement District. Past board member for the Mid-Ohio Development Exchange.

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What does Columbus need to thrive? “The Columbus region must increase the integration of transit and affordable housing into all future developments. Linking transportation to current and expanding job hubs can open doors and create additional employment opportunities for individuals. In addition, there needs to be an emphasis on providing additional access to quality and affordable child care and health care.”

Woodruff’s idea: “I think the group could focus on multiple items over the year. One could be to develop strategies and funding solutions to increase the amount of workforce and other affordable housing options in areas outside of the city of Columbus. This could include partnering with Central Ohio Community Improvement Corp., which works to redevelop blighted properties, and Franklin County to leverage funding.”

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