News

  • Development in a Changing and Growing Region

    A Cities Forum entitled “Development in a Changing & Growing Region,” is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at the McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening Street, Worthington.  The forum will showcase successful redevelopment initiatives for established communities.

  • Award-Winning Strategist Jeff Tumlin is MORPC's State of the Region Keynote

    State of the Region

    JANUARY 13, 2015
    This year’s 2015 State of the Region keynote speaker is Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal and Director of Strategy of Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, a San Francisco-based transportation planning and engineering firm that focuses on sustainable mobility. MORPC’s annual State of the Region luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the Hilton in downtown Columbus. The mission of this prestigious event is to recognize our region’s accomplishments and inspire our community for future growth and success. 

  • MORPC State of the Region 2015 Nominees

    State of the Region Awards

    JANUARY 13, 2015
    Community leaders who made extraordinary efforts in contributing to the welfare of Central Ohioans will be honored by MORPC at the State of the Region Luncheon on Thursday, April 2 in the George Bellows Ballroom, Hilton in downtown Columbus. An awards ceremony honoring the winners of these prestigious awards is scheduled to take place at the luncheon. 

  • MORPC Receives Awards for Outstanding Financial Reporting

    Finance

    JANUARY 14, 2015
    MORPC recently received the Auditor of State Award with Distinction for excellence in financial reporting by Auditor of State Dave Yost and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).  

  • OPWC’s Public Works Integrating Committee awards over $23 Million to 11 Projects

    OPWC

     

    DECEMBER 18, 2014
    The Ohio Public Works Commission's Public Works Integrating Committee has awarded over $23 million to 11 District 3/Franklin County projects through the State Capital Improvements Program and Local Transportation Improvements Program.

  • Liberty Township (Delaware County) Joins MORPC

    MORPC

    DECEMBER 11, 2014
    In order to maintain a strong collaboration on regional issues, MORPC members continue to seek opportunities to grow the organization. Liberty Township’s application for membership was approved by the MORPC Board effective January 1, 2015.

  • 2014 Ozone Season Ends with Zero Air Quality Alerts

    Air Quality

    DECEMBER 9, 2014
    MORPC announces for the first time in 20 years that Central Ohio had zero ozone alert days during ozone season. The Air Quality Index (AQI), which identifies health effects from higher levels of pollutants in the air, did not exceed 100 AQI or Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups for Delaware, Knox, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking and Madison counties. ...read more

  • MORPC proposes over $59 Million for New Transportation Projects

    Transportation

    DECEMBER 9, 2014
    MORPC is announcing a proposed list of new transportation projects to receive over $59 million in federal funds from State Fiscal Years 2016 to 2021. MORPC is seeking public comment on the proposed projects through January 5, 2015. ...read more

  • MORPC seeks State of the Region Award Nominations

    State of the Region Awards

    DECEMBER 5, 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

  • Housing & Community Services Director leaving MORPC after 22 Years of Service

    MORPC

    DECEMBER 1, 2014
    Kathy Werkmeister, Housing and Community Services Director and MORPC mainstay for 22 years, is leaving MORPC in December. Kathy was responsible for overseeing the agency’s housing and community development programs including housing rehabilitation, neighborhood stabilization, homeownership education and foreclosure prevention counseling. ...read more

  • insight2050 Scenario Results Report Now Available

    insight2050

    NOVEMBER 26, 2014
    The draft insight2050 report generates objective metrics to help Central Ohio communities, businesses and residents proactively prepare and plan for regional population growth of 500,000 people over the next 30+ years. Public comments on the draft report are being accepted through December 5. ...read more

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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