The Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority was created in March of 2006 by legislative action of the Columbus City Council and the Franklin County Board of Commissioners. The Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority is organized as a port authority under Ohio law.
The Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority provides long-term financing to businesses, non-profits and local governments. We meet on a monthly basis to approve projects making capital investments in Central Ohio, creating and retaining jobs. The Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority can move quickly to accommodate a project's timeframe.
Jean Carter Ryan, President
Jean Carter Ryan joined the Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority in January of 2007 as its first employee. Prior to joining the Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority, Ms. Ryan served as the Deputy Director of the Economic Development Division within the Ohio Department of Development for over 11 years. The Economic Development Division had a budget of $275 million and a loan/bond portfolio of $500 million. Under Ms. Ryan's leadership, one accomplishment was the enhancement of Ohio Enterprise Bond Fund's rating from A- to AA-. She has a B.A. in American Studies from Smith College, Northampton, MA and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from The Ohio State University.
Marcy Altomare, Director of Operations
Marcy Altomare joined the Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority in September of 2007. Prior to joining the Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority, Ms. Altomare was with the Ohio Department of Development's Economic Development Division for over 30 years. Ms. Altomare's career in the Economic Development Division included positions as business development representative, business development operations coordinator, tax incentives coordinator, administration coordinator and executive assistant to the deputy directors of the 60-plus employee division.
Layne Connolly, Energy Program Coordinator
Layne Connolly is a honors student at Ohio State University studying Biological Engineering. Her prior work experience includes OSU NanoSystems Laboratory and Grotewold Laboratory, where she worked as a student researcher. With a background in technical, academic, and professional settings, she has joined the Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority to assist with the coordination and implementation of the Energy Region Fund.