- 2015 Central Ohio Trick-or-Treat Dates
October 19, 2015
MORPC's suggested 2015 Trick-or-Treat date for Central Ohio communities is Thursday, October 29th. Individual community dates are available in an interactive map as well as a static listing. We encourage planning ahead to ensure fun and safe activities.
- Final Portion of Alum Creek Trail Completed
October 15, 2015
Earlier this month, local leaders gathered to celebrate the completion of the final portion of the Alum Creek Greenways Trail.
The 22-mile long trail, the longest in Central Ohio, connects 43 miles of trails. It also provides a variety of benefits to the region like connecting urban and suburban communities to Easton Town Center and the Ohio Erie Trail.
- MORPC Public and Government Affairs Director Offers Testimony to Ohio Senate Committee
October 13, 2015
MORPC has a long history of developing and supporting innovative approaches that help local governments share services.
As legislation makes its way through the Statehouse on a statewide shared services program, MORPC’s Director of Public and Government Affairs, Laura Koprowski, is speaking about the importance of the ShareOhio program and the many benefits it provides to local governments.
- Those Contributing to a Greener Region Honored at MORPC's Summit on Sustainability
October 2, 2015
MORPC’s 2015 Summit on Sustainability featured a variety of educational sessions about Public Policy, Energy, Environment, Land-Use, and Transportation.
The event also marked the addition of a new award, the Green Mobility Award, in honor of the late William (Bill) A. Lewis, Jr., former City of Columbus Chief Mobility Engineer. Find out about all the award winners.
- MORPC Uses Simulator To Encourage Safe Driving Habits
September 22, 2015
September is Safe Driving Awareness Month in Ohio, and MORPC has a long history of working closely with local agencies and the state to ensure that residents are safe while driving.
Earlier this month, in recognition of Safe Driving Awareness Month, MORPC was pleased to have Grove City’s driving simulator at its commission meeting for members and staff to use.
- Summit Panel Features Prominent Leaders and Innovators
September 22, 2015
The Summit's keynote luncheon features a panel that will focus on energy, an integral factor in Central Ohio’s growth. The featured panel of experts include:
- Reid Spolek, Manager of the Renewable Energy for Amazon’s Web Services
- Kate Bartter, Director of Office of Energy and Environment for The Ohio State University
- Dirk Nordberg, Honda of America Green Factory Manager
- Last Chance to Register for MORPC's 2015 Summit on Sustainability
September 10, 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. Registration for the Summit ends on Friday, September 18th, so register today to join in the conversation!
- Local Government Internship Program Impactful For Students
September 10, 2015
Earlier this spring, students packed the lobby of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC). The group of young adults were excited to begin their summer internships. For the next 10 weeks, these college students would engage in public service by working at various local governments entities throughout Central Ohio.
This year, MORPC created the Local Government Internship Pilot Program. The program was designed to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a professional experience, by working at a local government entity.
- MORPC Releases Top 40 High Crash Intersections For 2012-2014
August 31, 2015
Understanding where traffic accidents occur is a critical first step in enhancing the safety of roadways in Central Ohio. In order to improve accident prone areas, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) released its Top 40 Regional High-Crash Intersections list for the years 2012-2014.
- Summit Breakout Sessions Announced
August 27, 2015
MORPC’s 2015 Summit on Sustainability will take place on Friday, October 2 at the Hilton Downtown Columbus, bringing hundreds of people together to explore regional sustainable solutions. This year, Summit Breakout Sessions are categorized based on tracks for Policy, Energy & Environment, Land-Use Impacts, and transportation.
- Summer Program Offers Opportunities for Young People in Central Ohio
August 27, 2015
Summers are a time for students to take a break and relax after a long school year, but they are also an opportunity to prepare for tomorrow.
The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is an 8 week program that runs from June through August offering young people the chance to attain new skills and learn what professions spark their interest.
- Charlotte Chamber President/CEO Focuses on Transit at MORPC Roundtable
August 27, 2015
Light rail, street cars, and bus rapid transit have become a cornerstone of economic growth and talent retention in Charlotte, NC. How could a region the size of Central Ohio do this? That was the key question last week at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC) Community Leaders Public Transportation Roundtable in partnership with the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), which featured Bob Morgan, the President and CEO of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.
- Sustainability Summit to Focus on Central Ohio's Energy Future
August 12, 2015
The Summit on Sustainability is MORPC's signature environmental conference, bringing hundreds of community leaders together to explore and share sustainable ideas and solutions. This year's theme, Regions Matter, will focus on sharing best practices that can be applied by local governments, businesses and residents to improve the environment in which we live.
MORPC is pleased to announce that Reid Spolek, Manager of the Renewable Energy Strategy for Amazon’s Web Services’ data centers, will be a panelist during this year’s lunch program. The lunch program will focus on energy, an integral factor in Central Ohio’s growth.
- Shower Smarter
August 11, 2015
Central Ohioans can conserve energy and cut their utility bills through the Residential Energy Efficiency Program. MORPC in partnership with the City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is offering free installation of high efficiency showerheads to help customers conserve energy and water, and save money. The partnership bolsters savings through leveraging MORPC’s energy efficiency program expertise and DPU’s water conservation knowledge.
- Federal Transportation Funding Extended, but No Long-term Solution Yet
August 3, 2015
While Congress has made some progress, the House and Senate haven’t yet reached an agreement on long-term federal transportation funding.
Up against the July 31st deadline set by a previous short-term extension passed in May, President Obama signed the only legislation Congress could agree upon before their August recess – another short-term extension lasting through October.
- 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.