Partnership was the focus of many of the items discussed during the State of the Community address March 8, a joint community event led by the city of Dublin and the Dublin City School District.

The last time the school district and city collaborated on a community address was about 10 years ago, said Todd Hoadley, Dublin City School District superintendent.

Some of the city's greatest accomplishments over the years have been the result of partnerships with other public, private, nonprofit and service organizations, as well as with the city's volunteers, said Dana McDaniel, Dublin's city manager.

Hoadley said the school district and the city are mutually dependent on each other.

One example of partnership, McDaniel said, is the plans for a new Dublin branch library and adjacent 540-space parking garage. That project, he said, was the result of a joint effort for the past few years from the Columbus Metropolitan Library, the city of Dublin and the school district.

The existing library was recently torn down, and a temporary location is open at 6765 Dublin Center Drive.

The new library is projected to cost about $18.3 million and is expected to open in 2019.

McDaniel also discussed the benefits of Dublin's Dublink fiber-optic network, which he said saves the city almost $200,000 annually.

While the city uses the network to help augment economic development attraction, retention and expansion, the school district now uses the network as well for its schools.

The school district gave the city 1.6 acres on which to build the library parking garage and in return, the city allowed the school district the use of its Dublink fiber optic network.

Dublink also will support the U.S. Route 33 innovation corridor, which is slated to be used as a test track for connected and autonomous vehicles, McDaniel said.

Dublin's finances also were discussed. The city's strong economy is one reason the community is successful, McDaniel said.

This past year the city of Dublin earned the highest possible bond ratings from three of the nation's top credit rating organizations. Commercial vacancy rates remained less than 9 percent last year as well.