- Does Your Community Need Infrastructure Improvement Funding?
July 29, 2015
Does your community need basic infrastructure improvements or funds? If so, your neighborhood may be eligible for an infrastructure project grant.
The Ohio Public Works Commission will allocate approximately $26 million in loans and grants for District 3/Franklin County projects through the Ohio Public Works Commission’s State Capital Improvements Program (SCIP) and the Local Transportation Improvements Program (LTIP). These programs provide financial assistance to local communities for the improvement of their basic infrastructure systems. Eligible projects include improvements to roads, bridges, culverts, water supply systems, wastewater systems, storm water collection systems, and solid waste disposal facilities.
- Sustaining Scioto Report Released: Planning for our Region's Future Water Resources
July 28, 2015
It appears that extreme weather events are becoming more of the norm rather than the exception. Such variation to our climate can impact our region’s businesses and natural resources. With the expected future growth in Central Ohio, we must not only prepare for new demands, but sustain clean and secure water for our residents.
- Impact of Trails Study Released
July 22, 2015
An 18 month study focused on the Impact of Trails in the Central Ohio region has been released by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC).
MORPC and local governments recognized that there was a need for better data and education tools related to trail development in Central Ohio. The goal of the Study was to provide a report on the value of trails to inform and educate our local business community, developers, government decision makers, and residents. The study obtained objective data in four areas: trail usage, trail user profiles and feedback; costs analysis (capital and operation and maintenance), and property value analyses along trails.
- Save The Date For MORPC's 2015 Summit On Sustainability
July 13, 2015
MORPC’s signature environmental conference, The Summit on Sustainability will be held Friday, October 2, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Columbus Downtown. Register now to join in the conversation.
- MORPC ACTIVE IN OHIO BUDGET PROCESS
July 8, 2015
July 1 marked the start of the fiscal year for the state government, and Ohio’s recently passed biennial budget (sub HB 64) goes down in the books as the largest in history ($71.2 billion). Legislators consider hundreds of bills throughout a biennial session of the General Assembly, however no legislation is more important than the bills that constitute the state’s two-year budget.
- Public Input Critical to Transportation Planning Process
July 8, 2015
The transportation planning process can be complex, however it becomes much easier with your input. MORPC encourages the community to review the draft 2015 Transportation Public Involvement Plan at www.morpc.org/transportation/public-involvement.
The Public Involvement Plan (PIP) is designed to provide our Central Ohio residents an opportunity to participate in the formulation of transportation policies, plans such as the Metropolitan Transportation Plan and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and other transportation programs. Public involvement provides a deliberative and transparent process for people affected by the projects, strategies and initiatives recommended from the transportation planning process.
- Sonoma Meteorologist Focuses On Air Quality During Central Ohio Visit
June 25, 2015
MORPC welcomed Dan Alrick in June, a meteorologist and project manager from Sonoma Technology, Inc. (STI). MORPC partners with STI to serve as air quality forecasters for the Central Ohio region. The program provides the public with daily forecasts of air pollution concentrations in Central Ohio. Armed with this information, the public can take proactive steps to reduce their exposure to unhealthy levels of ozone and fine particulate air pollution. STI has extensive experience with government agencies, private industries, universities, and nonprofits to provide science-based solutions for air quality, meteorological, and other environmental needs
- Suggest a Transportation Project Using MORPC's New Interactive Map
June 19, 2015
Tired of sitting in traffic? Would you like a bike trail close to your home? Do you have concerns about your safety as you walk across a particular intersection?
Identifying transportation needs and potential projects within MORPC’s transportation planning area is a key aspect of completing our 2016-2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP).
Now and through the rest of the summer, residents who live, work and travel in the area can suggest their own project, as well as review and comment on other candidate projects using MORPC’s new interactive web map available at www.morpc.org/mtp2040
- MORPC and Yay Bikes! Announce Downtown Bike Training Program
June 17, 2015
MORPC and Yay Bikes!, a local bicycle education and training non-profit, recently launched the pilot “Ride Buddy” – a commute by bike training program. MORPC and YayBikes! established the pilot program to educate Downtown Columbus employees and residents on the many benefits of commuting by bicycle.
- MORPC Seeking Green Awards Nominations
June 10, 2015
Do you know someone or an organization in Central Ohio that is working to create a more vibrant and sustainable region? If so, MORPC is seeking nominations for this year’s Green Region Awards. Nominations are accepted through June 30, 2015. MORPC will present the awards at the Summit on Sustainability on October 2, 2015 at the Columbus Downtown Hilton. The Summit on Sustainability is MORPC’s signature environmental conference, which brings hundreds of community leaders together to explore and share sustainable ideas and solutions.
- Show Me The Money!
June 10, 2015
Local experts will offer best practices and address the common mistakes people make when writing grants at an upcoming Regional Education Forum hosted at MORPC. Show Me the Money: Grant Writing and Funding Resources will take place on June 23 from 9a.m.-11a.m. and there is no registration fee. The forum will also provide important information on funding sources that are available in Ohio.
- MORPC Supports Efforts To Reduce Distracted Driving
May 27, 2015
Each time you take your focus off the road, even if just for a split second, you’re putting your life and the lives of others in danger. Distracted driving is a deadly epidemic that is only continuing to grow.
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) has had a long history of working closely with local agencies and the state to ensure that our residents are safe while traveling. MORPC’s safety program staff actively analyzes crash data. From those results, we can better understand why crashes occur and how certain populations, behaviors and locations are more susceptible to a deadly auto accident. Distracted driving is one of those behaviors that is rapidly increasing the incidence of deaths and injuries on our roads.
- MORPC Launches Park and Pedal Program
May 26, 2015
Biking to work is a convenient and healthy way to start the day. Unfortunately, for many of us, biking to work is not a viable option due to long commutes. In order to provide an opportunity for those of us with longer commutes, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), in partnership with the City of Columbus, launched the Park & Pedal program.
- Federal Transportation Funding Extended, But Only Through July
May 26, 2015
Nearly everyone in Washington acknowledges the importance of federal transportation funding; they just can’t agree on how exactly to do it or from where the money should come.
As the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission continues to position itself as a leader in creating a world-class transportation system for Central Ohio, advocating for long-term federal funding that serves all modes of transportation – as well as seeking additional funding mechanisms – continues to be at the top of MORPC’s public policy agenda.
May 14, 2015
MORPC’s 12th annual Riverfest activities will take place from May through July and are free of charge. 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 our region.
- CENTRAL OHIO IS STILL GROWING
May 12, 2015
Central Ohio’s population is growing and this trend goes back over the last four decades. Currently the 15-county region is home to over 2 million residents. It is estimated that our population will grow by an additional 500,000 residents over the next 35 years.
- MORPC's ENERGY AND AIR QUALITY DIRECTOR, O'KEEFFE, OFFERS TESTIMONY TO HOUSE COMMITTEE
May 12, 2015
MORPC has a long history of working with local residents and manufacturers to not only ensure we are being energy efficient as a region, but to help save on energy costs.
Now, as legislation makes its way through the Statehouse on Energy Special Improvement Districts (E-SIDS), MORPC Energy & Air Quality Director Christina O'Keeffe is speaking about the importance of energy improvement projects and how our local governments can use them to share services with one another.
- Central Ohio Organizations Partner For National Bike Month
April 28, 2015
May is National Bike Month. To celebrate and to encourage more people to ride their bikes, many communities and organizations around Central Ohio are hosting events throughout the month.
The largest event of National Bike Month is Bike to Work Day, which will be on Friday, May 15. MORPC will partner with Car2go to lead two routes. Rain or shine, commuters are invited to participate in a number of established group rides, culminating in a celebration of alternative transportation at Columbus Commons hosted by the City of Columbus. Anyone interested and able to ride their bike to work that day is encouraged to do so, wherever they live or work.
- Volunteers Needed for MORPC's 2015 Spring Bike and Pedestrian Counts
APRIL 20, 2015
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is seeking volunteers to assist with bicycle and pedestrian counts throughout selected locations in central Ohio on Wednesday, May 13 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. MORPC encourages any community which is interested in conducting their own counts to do so during the same time frame.
- Join The Conversation!
APRIL 7, 2015
Three transformative plans are underway to develop the best transportation system in the world! Become a part of the transportation conversation. We want to understand your aspirations and priorities for our community. Give us your thoughts, your vision, your ideas on how to make the transportation system for Central Ohio the best.
- MORPC State of the Region Event Honors Community Leaders
APRIL 2, 2015
Community leaders who made extraordinary efforts in contributing to the welfare of Central Ohioans were honored by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) at the State of the Region Luncheon held April 2, 2015 at the Hilton Columbus Downtown.
- How 2040 Land Use will Drive Transportation
March 18, 2015
Transportation and land use are interdependent. The transportation system provides a way for people and goods to move, and the development patterns determine the paths they take. As a consequence, projecting future land use, and the number and location of people and jobs helps determine potential deficiencies in the transportation system.
- TRAC Update: Central Ohio Projects Receive Funding
March 18, 2015
The Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) voted on the final list of projects to be funded through the 2014 funding cycle. The following MORPC area projects are on the 2015-2018 final TRAC list with construction funding.
- Is Roadway Construction Scheduled for your Community
April 7, 2015
Every two years MORPC completes an update of its Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is a four-year program of projects and strategies to improve Central Ohio’s transportation system. The update describes how the region will use transportation funds in state fiscal years 2016 through 2019.
- Cyber Security Forum
Tuesday March 3, 2015
Cyber risk incidents are being reported at an alarming rate. Cyber attacks can result from hackers and other external and internal sources. Join us for a forum on cyber risk exposures and incident management. Discussion will focus on how to minimize the threat of an attack, policies to adopt, how to minimize risks associated with data management, and how to manage incidents.
- Section 5310 Funding Available
The Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program provides approximately $850,000 in Federal funding to improve mobility for seniors and people with disabilities. This program provides grant funds for capital expenses for vehicles and related equipment used to transport seniors and people with disabilities and activities related to mobility management. Funds may also be used for operating projects which specifically serve seniors and people with disabilities, travel training to instruct persons with disabilities on using fixed-route bus services, and capital projects to remove barriers at bus stops for persons with disabilities.
- MORPC Shares Region’s Priorities in Washington, DC
MORPC Board and staff leadership shared Central Ohio’s priorities and interests during a recent visit to the Nation’s Capitol. Issues identified in MORPC’s 2015 Public Policy Agenda such as transportation funding and policies to improve workforce transportation options were discussed with the region’s Congressional members and staff.
- Review draft Objectives and Targets for 2016-2040 MTP
February 2, 2015
In determining future transportation needs,MORPC is asking the community to review and comment on the draft Objectives and Targets for the 2016-2040 Columbus Area Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The MTP is developed from a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning process, with a 20-year horizon to 2040.
- 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.
- MORPC UPDATES TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
January 18, 2015
MORPC is updating the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for State Fiscal Years 2016-2019. The TIP is a schedule of transportation projects proposed for construction from July 2015 through June 2019 and located within Delaware and Franklin counties, Bloom and Violet townships in Fairfield County, and Etna Township and Pataskala in Licking County. The TIP documents how approximately $1.5 billion of federal transportation funds will be used for highway, mass transit, bikeway and pedestrian projects over the next 4 years. Projects must be included in the TIP to be eligible for federal funding.
- Award-Winning Strategist Jeff Tumlin is MORPC's State of the Region Keynote
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
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
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
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
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.