News

  • MORPC seeks Public Comment on Draft Regional Transportation Goals

    2016-2040 MTP

    NOVEMBER 13, 2014
    MORPC has released the draft goals for its 2016-2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan for public review and comment. The goals will direct actions and strategies used to measure our progress over time with respect to transportation in the Central Ohio area. ...read more

  • Public Invited to take part in US DOT Certification Review

    Road

    NOVEMBER 13, 2014
    MORPC, the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration of the US Department of Transportation are asking the public to actively take part in the Federal officials’ visit to Columbus to review MORPC’s transportation planning programs and services. ...read more

  • MORPC seeks State of the Region Award Nominations

    State of the Region Awards

    NOVEMBER 13, 2014
    MORPC is now accepting nominations for the Regional Leadership Award and the William C. Habig Collaborative Achievement Award to be presented at the State of the Region Luncheon on April 2, 2015. Nominations must be received by Friday, December 19, 2014. ...read more

  • Villages of Galena (Delaware County) & Somerset (Perry County) join MORPC

    MORPC Tree

    NOVEMBER 13, 2014
    In order to maintain a strong collaboration on regional issues, MORPC members continue to seek opportunities to grow the organization. Today the Villages of Galena and the Somerset were approved as MORPC's newest members. ...read more

  • insight2050 Scenario Results Report Now Available

    insight2050

    NOVEMBER 5, 2014
    insight2050 is a collaborative initiative among public and private partners that aims to help communities proactively plan for development and population growth over the next 30+ years that is expected to be dramatically different from the past. ...read more

  • 2009-2013 Regional Crash Fact Sheet Released

    Regional Crash Fact Sheet

    NOVEMBER 3, 2014
    Each year MORPC collects and analyzes crash data for Regional Crash Fact Sheets covering a variety of crash types and related information on fatal crashes, serious crashes, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, truck drivers, public transit, rear-end and work zone crashes, and driver behavior trends. ...read more

  • MORPC Showcases Home Energy Efficiency Services

    Weatherization Showcase

    OCTOBER 29, 2014
    The showcase provides the opportunity for community leaders and the public to see MORPC’s weatherization services in action. Stations set-up throughout the home demonstrated the insulation process and combustion analysis testing as well as devices such as an infrared thermography camera and a blower door....read more

  • MORPC stresses Pedestrian Safety during Trick-or-Treat

    Neighborhood

    OCTOBER 28, 2014
    MORPC is asking communities, drivers, parents and pedestrians to pay particular attention to Trick-or-Treaters during their night of Halloween celebration. MORPC recommends that parents and youth follow these pedestrian safety tips. ...read more

  • MORPC Announces 2014 Green Region Award Winners

    2014 Green Region Awards

    OCTOBER 10, 2014
    MORPC's 2014 Summit on Sustainability and the Environment took place October 10 at Hilton Columbus Downtown. The inspiring event featured a variety of educational sessions about active transportation, water quality, energy, materials management, local food and air quality. The event also marked the occasion for MORPC’s fifth annual Green Region Awards. ...read more

  • 2015 MORPC Member Population Estimates Now Available

    Population Estimates

    OCTOBER 9, 2014
    Every year since 1962, MORPC has compiled population estimates for its member communities. The data helps determine member dues while providing insight into growth in the region. Population estimates also serve as an official source communities can refer to when applying for grants. ...read more

  • MORPC Prioritizes & Approves TRAC Projects

    TRAC

     

    OCTOBER 9, 2014
    MORPC has prioritized four projects seeking funding from ODOT's Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC). The TRAC has accepted Major/New Project applications for their 2014 project selection round which includes projects that have a total cost greater than $12 million. ...read more

  • Central Ohio Trick-or-Treat Dates

    Trick-or-Treat

    OCTOBER 1, 2014
    MORPC has set the recommended “Trick-or-Treat” dates for Central Ohio communities for the next five years. Trick-or-Treat for most communities is scheduled, rain or shine, on Thursday, October 30, 2014. ...read more

  • 2014 Green Region Award Nominees Announced

    Summit

    SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
    MORPC received many exceptional nominees for the Green Region Awards, honoring individuals and organizations working to create a more vibrant and environmentally sustainable region. MORPC will announce the award recipients at the Summit on Sustainability & the Environment on October 10 at Hilton Columbus Downtown. ...read more

  • MORPC partners with Central Ohio Organizations to promote Clean Air

    Take Five for Clean Air

    SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
    MORPC is announcing a new partnership with COSI to install No-Idling signs at their downtown Columbus facility. By asking visitors and staff not to idle their vehicles, COSI and other Central Ohio organizations aim to help improve air quality in the region. ...read more

  • Clinton Township joins MORPC

    MORPC

    SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
    In order to maintain a strong collaboration on regional issues, MORPC members continue to seek opportunities to grow the organization. Today Clinton Township’s application for membership was approved by the MORPC Board. ...read more

  • MORPC releases List of Top 40 High Crash Intersections for 2011-2013

    Roads

    SEPTEMBER 11, 2014
    MORPC has released its Top 40 Regional High-Crash Intersections list for the years 2011-2013. The top 40 intersections are ranked based on a formula that considers number of crashes, traffic volume and severity. ...read more

  • MORPC Recognized for Exemplary Workplace Practices

    When Work Works

    SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
    MORPC has been honored, for the second year in a row, with the 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for its use of effective workplace strategies to increase business and employee success. ...read more

  • MORPC announces Summit on Sustainability & the Environment Program

    Summit

    SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
    The Summit on Sustainability & the Environment is MORPC's signature environmental conference, bringing hundreds of community leaders together to explore and share sustainable ideas and solutions. This year's theme, Building a Sustainable Future, focuses on sharing best practices that can be applied by local governments, businesses and residents to improve the built environment in which we live.

  • ME3 Program Protects Environment, Saves Businesses Money

    ME3

    SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
    MORPC’s Materials + Economy + Energy + Environment (ME3) program is helping manufacturing companies in Central Ohio and beyond identify opportunities to save money and reduce their environmental footprint through discounted technical services. 

  • Commissioner Brown & Commissioner Stolte to Co-chair Sustainability Advisory Committee

    Franklin County Commissioner Brown and Union County Commissioner Stolte

    SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
    Central to its mission, MORPC has been focused on sustainability issues in coordination with its members and key stakeholders. MORPC recently formed a new Sustainability Advisory Committee among its top-level committee structure to address important regional issues related to environmental sustainability, including air quality, water quality, local food, trails, energy, materials use, growth, and planning for Central Ohio’s local governments and communities. ...read more

  • MORPC seeks Public Input on TRAC Projects

    TRAC

    AUGUST 25, 2014
    MORPC is soliciting comments on four projects seeking funding from ODOT's Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC). The TRAC has accepted Major/New Project applications for their 2014 project selection round. Major/New Projects are transportation projects that have a total project cost greater than $12 million and which “add transportation capacity, and are critical to the mobility, economic development, and quality of life of the citizens of Ohio.” ...read more

  • 2014 Gubernatorial Candidates invited to Share Platforms with State Leaders

    State Capitol

    AUGUST 7, 2014
    MORPC is sponsoring the Ohio Association of Regional Councils (OARC)'s 2014 Candidates' Forum Friday, August 22 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. the 2014 Gubernatorial Candidates have been invited to share their platforms related to transportation, infrastructure, job creation and economic development to the state’s top political, business and civic leaders. ...read more

  • MORPC, Cities of Columbus, Marysville join Ohio & Indiana Cities to pursue Environmental Evaluation of Rail Corridor

    Rail


    AUGUST 7, 2014
    MORPC and the cities of Columbus and Marysville are ready for the next phase of due diligence to continue exploration of a proposed Columbus to Chicago High-Speed Passenger Rail Corridor. ...read more

  • MORPC to Survey Central Ohio Trail Users

    Greenways

    JULY 25, 2014
    MORPC will begin surveying Central Ohio trail users to learn more about how people use and value multi-use trails in the region. The surveys will be conducted in-person from 7AM to 7PM at various locations along the Olentangy, Alum Creek, and Scioto trails July 28 through August 31. An online survey is also available. ...read more

  • Region sees All-Time Low in Bad Air Days

    Open Air

    JULY 21, 2014
    Central Ohio is experiencing cleaner air this year – the region saw zero ozone pollution days this June for the first time in a decade. ...read more

  • Columbus Regional Energy Action Plan Now Available

    Regional Energy Action Plan

    JULY 14, 2014
    MORPC and the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) have released the first-of-its-kind Regional Energy Action Plan. Made possible through support by The Energy Foundation, the Regional Energy Action Plan provides an assessment of the economic, social, and policy realities related to the development and use of energy throughout the 12-county Columbus, Ohio region. The plan also identifies recommendations that may lead to a more prosperous regional economy and enriched environment. ...read more

  • Introducing insight2050

    insight2050

    JULY 10, 2014
    Dramatic change is coming to Central Ohio in the next 40 years: our region is expected to grow by more than 500,000 people, 300,000 jobs, and 300,000 new housing units. Our households will be smaller, older, and more diverse. To help evaluate and prepare for the impacts of future growth and development, MORPC is partnering with the Columbus District Council of the Urban Land Institute and Columbus 2020 to sponsor an initiative called insight2050. ...read more

  • MORPC announces 2014 Summit on Sustainability and the Environment

    Summit

    JULY 1, 2014
    The Summit on Sustainability & the Environment is MORPC's signature environmental conference, bringing hundreds of community leaders together to explore and share sustainable ideas and solutions. Join the conversation and learn how we can create more a more sustainable future. ...read more

  • MORPC announces new Director of Transportation Systems & Funding

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    JUNE 19, 2014
    MORPC is pleased to announce Thea J. Walsh as the new director of Transportation Systems and Funding starting July 7, 2014. Walsh’s responsibilities as the Transportation Study Director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will include coordinating regional transportation planning goals, objectives, policies, priorities, and progress for the development and growth of public transportation systems and infrastructure for the region. ...read more

  • New Edition of Columbus Metro Bike Map Available

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    JUNE 16, 2014
    The fourth edition of the Columbus Metro Bike Map is now available online and at local bike shops and public libraries. The map features safety tips and a one-sided view of the regional map with a larger inset of the downtown/Ohio State University area. ...read more

  • MORPC Leaders address Regional Issues in DC

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    JUNE 11, 2014
    MORPC leaders joined members of the Columbus Partnership and other community leaders for a Washington, DC "Fly-In" to promote the region’s federal priorities with Ohio’s Congressional delegation and US Senators. ...read more

  • I-270/US 33 Interchange Project Plans Unveiled

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    MAY 28, 2014
    The City of Dublin, in partnership with MORPC, Union County, Columbus Partnership, Columbus 2020 and Columbus Chamber have submitted a TIGER VI grant proposal for $15 million to assist with construction of the I-270/US 33 Interchange Project slated to begin construction in February, 2015. A timetable of improvements for the project was announced today. ...read more 

  • Riverfest Activities Announced

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    MAY 27, 2014
    Riverfest On Tour! is a celebration of water, Ohio's greatest resource. The purpose of Riverfest is to educate the public about the vital role waterways play in the region. By interacting with waterways, people of all incomes and ages can develop a lifelong appreciation for this resource. ...read more

  • "Take Five for Clean Air" Campaign aims to improve Air Quality

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    MAY 19, 2014
    MORPC is announcing a new way for local governments, businesses, organizations and individuals to protect public health and reduce air pollution: the new Take Five for Clean Air campaign challenges individuals and organizations to choose five voluntary actions they can take to improve air quality in the region. ...read more

  • MORPC opposes Bill that will freeze Energy Efficiency Standards

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    MAY 12, 2014
    MORPC is opposing Senate Bill 310 (SB 310) as introduced due to the bill's attempt to freeze existing energy efficiency and advanced energy standards established through SB 221. ...read more