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.

As part of this year’s event, OARC and its event sponsors are pleased to announce a luncheon program featuring prominent national speakers in the areas of transportation, economic development and regionalism. Ohio’s Future – The Critical Role of Transportation, Jobs and Regions will be a lively discussion diving into some of the most important issues facing our state in the next four years. Moderated by William Murdock, executive director of MORPC, this program will provide cutting-edge perspectives and insights. What challenges, opportunities and innovations lay ahead for Ohio’s metropolitan areas and businesses? In an era of shrinking federal resources how will our communities thrive and succeed? How will the next four years impact our statewide, regional and local policies in the areas of transportation and economic development? This unique program is not to be missed and will share the latest trends and opportunities for the future.

Featured Speakers:

  • Teresa Lynch, Mass Economics, Owner/Principal – Teresa has worked on transformative, large-scale urban economic development projects across the US. She is recognized for her work on thought leadership on existing and emerging opportunities to increase jobs and entrepreneurship in US. cities. Teresa and Mass Economics have received national recognition and awards for their work in a variety of areas including economic development strategies and data and analytics.

  • Beth Osbourne, Transportation for America, Vice President – There are few who understand, like Beth, the difficulty in obtaining funding for innovative transportation projects and just how crucial these projects are to local communities. She previously served as a key leader in policy in the US Department of Transportation as Deputy Assistant Secretary and then Acting Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy. In her current role, Beth directs Transportation for America’s on-the-ground work with local communities seeking to invest in the infrastructure required for their — and the country’s — continued economic prosperity.

  • Judge Gary Moore, National Association of Regional Councils, President – Judge Moore has a long career history of fostering regional cooperation and success. He serves as president of the board of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), which provides a national voice for regionalism by advocating for regional cooperation as the most effective way to address a variety of community planning and development opportunities and issues. NARC’s member organizations are comprised of multiple local governments that work together to serve American communities – large and small, urban and rural.

  • Simon Kennedy, McKinsey & Company, Associate Partner – McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm. They work with leading organizations across the private, public and social sectors on a number of cross-cutting issues and creating transformational change. Simon is a leader in McKinsey’s Public Sector and Economic Development Practices. Previously, Simon has advised a former US President and International Prime Minister on international economic development strategy.

Event Agenda

9–10AMRegistration and Networking
10–10:15AMWelcome Remarks by OARC
10:15–11:15AMMorning Keynote Address with Lieutenant Gubernatorial Candidate
Sharen Neuhardt
 (Remarks and moderated Q&A)
11:30AM–1PMLuncheon program featuring national and statewide speakers on Transportation/Jobs/Economic Development Topics
1–2PMAfternoon Keynote Address with Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor
(Remarks and moderated Q&A)
2PMClosing Remarks (adjourn by 2:15pm)

2014 Host Sponsors
American Council of Engineering Companies – Ohio
Buckeye Hills – Hocking Valley Regional Development District
Greater Ohio Policy Center
Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission
Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
Ohio Aviation Association
Ohio Economic Development Association
Ohio Public Transit Association
Women’s Transportation Seminar

For more information on the event, sponsorship opportunities or registration please contact Garth Weithman at 614.233.4127.