An Exceptional Year in Dublin

A Message from Dublin City Manager Megan O’Callaghan

What makes Dublin, Ohio, an exceptional community? First and foremost, it is the people. From our visionary City Council and dedicated City employees to our engaged residents, hardworking corporate residents and generous volunteers, each individual plays a vital role in making Dublin a global city of choice and the best place to call home.

As we reflect on 2023 in this annual report, I am proud to share that our City is in outstanding shape, with robust revenues and a diverse income tax base. We once again earned the rare “Triple Crown” distinction for fiscal health, transparency and accountability from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA).

Our tax revenue surpassed a record-breaking $107 million last year, reflecting a 2.7% growth rate, and Dublin is showing no signs of slowing down, with abundant economic development opportunities on the horizon. We are enthusiastic about initiatives such as the revitalization of Metro Place, the continued growth in our health and biomedical sectors, and the investments in transportation, including Amtrak’s plans to expand passenger rail in Central Ohio and the regional LinkUS bus rapid transit initiative that includes the Northwest Corridor to and from Dublin.

The City advanced two significant development agreements that will add to the vibrancy of Downtown Dublin. COhatch announced plans to establish its headquarters in Historic Dublin while creating a first-of-its-kind coworking and entrepreneurship village. On the east side of the Scioto River, Crawford Hoying announced plans to build a premier boutique hotel and conference center in partnership with Cameron Mitchell.

We also negotiated an Economic Development Agreement with the City of Columbus, which adds more than five thousand acres to our potential growth area west of our corporate boundary. Additionally, we purchased land for the Emerald Connector, a future vehicular and pedestrian bridge that will cross over I-270 from Tuller Road to Emerald Parkway near the new Mount Carmel Dublin Hospital, which is set to open in 2025.

Because of our unwavering focus on strategic planning, we are confident in our foundation for a prosperous future for Dublin and its residents. Our most notable planning achievement over the past year has been the activation of Envision Dublin, our initiative to update our Community Plan. This endeavor has seen significant progress through public surveys, community engagement, stakeholder meetings and countless hours of work by our steering committee. The plan is nearing completion and is expected to be finalized this spring.

Also on the strategic planning front, we have nearly completed our Dublin Sustainability Plan, which establishes a goal of being a zero-waste community that is the model for sustainable community design, carbon neutral and supportive of its natural environment. 

We held many events supporting our sustainability efforts, including the first-ever Sustainable Saturday, which provided a one-stop experience for residents to dispose of items they no longer wanted in their homes while diverting waste from our landfills.

As we connected people to City services, we also made substantial progress in our quest to be the most connected city. Council’s approval of an agreement with altafiber will provide all Dublin premises access to up to 10-Gig fiber. Construction begins this spring, and all Dublin addresses will have access to this vital public utility in three years.

We advanced efforts to ensure community resilience, as we finalized the Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Dublin Area Housing Study, successfully implemented the Safe Space Dublin program and hosted our many beloved events.

None of these achievements would be possible without the City’s remarkable staff, who are driven by excellence, better together and dedicated to service. Those are the tenets articulated in the City of Dublin Culture Playbook we built together in 2023 through extensive employee engagement. With these shared beliefs as our foundation, Team Dublin is unified in our promise to serve this exceptional community. I am privileged to collaborate with this talented team of professionals and inspired by their diligence, expertise and outstanding achievements.

Please take time to read the following pages, which include our 2023 Finance Report, and flip to the center of this issue of Dublin Life to see other City highlights and accomplishments.

Fiscal Health

Why Dublin


  • American Public Works Association (APWA)
  • Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA)
  • Commission for Accreditation of Park and
  • Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA)
  • Community Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation
  • International Economic Development Council
  • Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investor Service and S&P Global


  • No. 1 suburb in Central Ohio (Columbus Underground)
  • 3 awards from City-County Communications & MarketingAssociation (3CMA)
  • 7 BroadwayWorld Columbus awards and Central Ohio Theatre Critics Circle honor for Abbey Theater
  • 8 awards from Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
  • 10 awards from International Festival and Events Association
  • 90+ cashVest award by three+one and the National Association of Counties (NACo)
  • Dublin Irish Festival named third “Best Cultural Festivals” by USA Today
  • Dublin named “Most Unusual Town” in Ohio by Alot Travel
  • Finance received second-consecutive “Triple Crown” distinction for fiscal health, transparency and accountability from Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)
  • Highest credit ratings from Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investor Service and S&P Global
  • National Fleet Management Association’s “100 Best Green Fleets” and Government Fleet’s “Top 50 Leading Fleets”
  • Ohio Auditor of State award for excellence in financial reporting
  • Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Encouraging Environmental Excellence in Communities (E3C) award
  • Platinum-level Healthy Worksite by Healthy Business Council ofOhio (HBCO)
  • Second consecutive perfect score on Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Index

Public Records Request Overview

In order to support faster response and better tracking of requests, the City of Dublin uses JustFOIA to collect, respond to and manage public information requests.

Why JustFOIA?

JustFOIA is a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) online application that helps streamline the open records request process for the community and improve efficiencies in getting requested information quickly and accurately.

The application lets community members submit requests for all city records, including police reports. Commonly requested information includes accident reports, copies of resolutions and body-camera video.

Submit a Public Records Request


We are and always have been a proud local democracy. In our service, we strive to provide the best quality of life and environment in which our residents and businesses can thrive. We seek to ally our proud traditions with the best innovations of the future.


Dublin, Ohio, is the most sustainable, connected and resilient global city of choice.

Core Values

Integrity, Respect, Communication, Teamwork, Accountability, Positive Attitude & Dedication to Service.

The City of Dublin operates under a set of seven key core values: integrity, respect, communication, teamwork, accountability, positive attitude and dedication to service. Staff members use these seven values as the basis for daily decision-making, including the decisions that go into the budget process.

  • Integrity. We are open and honest. We honor our commitments to the community and each other. Our actions are consistent with what we say.
  • Respect. We treat our coworkers and members of the community with courtesy and dignity. We embrace diversity and acknowledge the needs, responsibilities and inherent worth of each individual.
  • Communication. We maintain an environment in which employees feel free to share ideas and information. We promote open interaction throughout the organization to ensure knowledge and understanding among all employees and our community.
  • Teamwork. We create a climate in which all employees work together and support the individual talents and contributions of team members. We celebrate successes and see mistakes as opportunities for growth; we will never willingly let a member of our team fail.
  • Accountability. We are responsible to our community and each other for our personal and organizational decisions, actions and performance results. We are committed stewards of our City’s assets and resources.
  • Positive Attitude. We focus our efforts on constructive behavior, attitudes and solutions. We promote an environment that people love going to every day – a place where each individual can find a sense of belonging, inspiration, enjoyment and meaning.
  • Dedication to Service. We pursue innovation and continuous improvement in all we do. We are committed to efficient, effective and responsive service delivery that makes a difference in the lives of those we serve.

Leadership Philosophy

We are members of an organization that succeeds because of teamwork, dedication, diversity and the innovative spirit of all of   our members. Together, we build a culture of trust, service, mutual respect, inclusion and open communication. We hold ourselves mutually accountable to promote and sustain continuous learning and to develop the learning potential that exists in every member of our team.

City Code

The complete Dublin City Code is available online at American Legal City Ordinance website. Information staff at the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library are available to help navigate this website.

Revised Charter of Dublin, Ohio

This Revised Charter, as adopted on March 19, 1996, became effective on July 4, 1996.

Zoning Code

The Zoning Code for Dublin is Chapter 153 of the Dublin Code of Ordinances. The Zoning Code sets land development requirements and establishes different uses within individual districts. Zoning regulations address the physical development of a site, such as building height, lot requirements, setbacks from lot lines, minimum numbers of parking spaces, sign types and sizes, and other related regulations.

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