Our Operations

The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority’s success is due, in large part, to how it approaches its customer service and fiscal responsibilities. Always working within the confines of existing resources, the FCCFA reinvests revenues into improvements of its properties and new developments that make Columbus more attractive to visitors.

Unlike many other such organizations, the FCCFA is completely self-sustaining, relies on no government entity and is supported by revenues generated by visitors – not through income, sales, property, or food and beverage taxes on local residents. The organization has never operated at a deficit and has managed a steady flow of revenues by investing them back into capital improvements.

Schedule of Board Meetings

To view the schedule of our upcoming Board Meetings please click here.

Board Meeting Schedule

FCCFA Annual Audit

To view the FCCFA’s 2021 Annual Audit, click here.

To view the FCCFA’s 2020 Annual Audit, click here.








Annual Audit

FCCFA Operating and Capital Budget

To view the FCCFA’s 2023 Operating and Capital Budget in detail, click here.

To view the FCCFA’s 2022 Operating and Capital Budget in detail, click here.

To view the FCCFA’s 2021 Operating and Capital Budget in detail, click here.


Operating and Capital Budget

Hotel/Motel Tax Collections

When the Franklin County Commissioners established the FCCFA in 1988, they authorized it to levy excise taxes on lodging to pay for constructing, operating, maintaining, expanding and administering the Convention Center. The first excise tax the FCCFA levied, in October 1988, was a 4 percent countywide bed tax on occupied hotel and motel rooms. In January 1989 the FCCFA, with approval from the City of Columbus, levied a second tax of .9 percent on occupied rooms within the city of Columbus.

Both taxes are still in effect and are used to pay principal and interest on funds borrowed to build and improve the Convention Center. Funds remaining after paying debt service are used to help operate, maintain and improve the Convention Center, as well as to meet other FCCFA financing needs.


The FCCFA has never increased its hotel occupancy tax rates since establishing them in the late 1980s.

Columbus Arena Management and Casino Tax Revenues

In March 2012, the City of Columbus, Franklin County, Nationwide Realty Investors, Columbus Blue Jackets, The Ohio State University and the FCCFA agreed on a plan to strengthen Nationwide Arena’s financial foundation and ensure that the facilities remained a valuable community asset. Under the agreement, the FCCFA purchased the arena and its related facilities for $42.5 million, and a new entity called Columbus Arena Management was formed to manage the arena.

FCCFA financed the purchase by borrowing $32.5 million from Nationwide Insurance and $10 million from the State of Ohio. The FCCFA borrowed an additional $11.7 million from Nationwide to support arena operations in 2012 and initial capital improvements.

Casino Tax Collections

Voters approved the creation of four Ohio casinos in 2009, and the state levied a 33 percent tax on all gross casino revenues. Casino tax collections are distributed to a number of entities, including Ohio counties and cities. As part of the agreement, the city and county in 2013 began forwarding to the FCCFA a portion of casino tax collections as lease/sublease payments for the arena.

The amount is equal to 25 percent of the casino tax revenue Franklin County and the City of Columbus for 2013 through 2015, and will increase by 1 percent each year until FCCFA’s share reaches 32 percent in 2022. These tax revenues are first used to pay for operating and capital expenses associated with the arena; if casino revenues exceed operating and capital expenses, they also can be used to cover debt service obligations.

Columbus Arena Management was formed in 2012 to manage Nationwide Arena.

Records Retention Schedule

To view the FCCFA’s Records Retention Schedule, click here.

Records Retention Schedule

Community Survey

Read the Executive Summary of Our 2016 Community Survey

Passenger Rail Station Study

To view the Greater Columbus Passenger Rail Station Study Final Report click here.

Board Committees

Audit Committee
Jacquelin Lewis, Chair
Sally Bloomfield
Rodney French
Rhett Ricart
Richard (Ike) Stage
Development Committee
Dennis Hartz, Chair
Sally Bloomfield
Ray DeGraw
Rodney French
Jacquelin R. Lewis
Rhett Ricart
Brian Ross
Joe Savarise
Operations Committee
Ray DeGraw, Chair
Sally Bloomfield*
Dennis Hartz*
Rhett Ricart
Brian Ross
Joe Savarise*
Richard (Ike) Stage
*Hotel Oversight Sub-Committee
Dennis Hartz, Sub-Committee Chair
Sally Bloomfield
Rhett Ricart
Joe Savarise
Public Relations Committee
Joe Savarise, Chair
Sally Bloomfield
Rodney French
Rhett Ricart
Experience Columbus Representatives
Joe Savarise
Great Columbus Sports Commission Representative
Joe Savarise
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