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Columbus City and Franklin County Retain Longtime Civic Leader to Help Keep Blue Jackets

The City of Columbus and Franklin County have retained longtime civic leader John Rosenberger to develop a strategy to keep the city's professional hockey team from leaving.

The Columbus Blue Jackets are losing about $12 million each year because of its lease agreement with Nationwide Arena, causing speculation the team may relocate to another city.

Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority and the City of Columbus have retained John Rosenberger to develop a plan to solve the funding problem. Rosenberger, an attorney, is former executive director of Capital South Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation.

The Blue Jackets play a big role in the Arena District's $7 billion tourism industry. Franklin County Commissioner president Paula Brooks said she hopes Rosenberger will be able to come up with a cost effective solution for the public. Earlier this year, an Ohio State University faculty member compiled a report listing some 20 different ways to keep the Blue Jackets in Columbus.