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An HR Organization for Everyone

Who We Are

The Human Resources Association of Central Ohio (HRACO) is a chartered chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (
SHRM) and is part of the SHRM North Central Region. For more information about Human Resources events, conference listings, and other Ohio chapter websites, please visit the Ohio SHRM State Council. For a listing of national SHRM affiliated chapters, please visit SHRM Chapters. HRACO is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors elected by the members and other volunteer officers appointed by the Board.

What We Do
Hold Monthly Chapter Meetings on the second Tuesday of each month featuring SHRM & HRCI certified for credit speakers.

Host various workshops, conferences and jointly-presented programs to assist area HR professionals in their own personal growth.
Conduct SHRM Prep Courses twice a year.
Provide networking and best practices sharing opportunities for our members.

Where We Started
On January 1, 1986, the Personnel Association of Central Ohio (PACO) came into existence as a result of the merger between the Central Ohio Personnel Association (COPA - founded in 1944) and the Personnel Society of Columbus (PSC - founded in 1956). This union was built on the strengths of both organizations, allowing a broad based foundation for furthering professionalism in the personnel field in Central Ohio. Early in 1996 PACO updated its name to the Human Resources Association of Central Ohio (HRACO). At the same time, the association began strengthening its commitment to bringing increased relevance and timeliness to its programs. View past presidents of HRACO and predecessor organizations. 

Where We Are Going
From its beginning as a core group of personnel professionals gathering occasionally for informal discussions over a meal, this Association has embraced members from all major segments of Human Resource Management in business, industry, government, and human service organizations in Central Ohio. Built on that foundation, today HRACO looks to the future of HR with a vision of promoting and elevating the HR profession by providing our members the tools they need to Lead, Educate and Inspire HR Excellence.





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Phone: (614) 760-0400 | Fax: (513) 563-9743

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