Join us at the 2016 State of the Region Luncheon

February 9, 2016

Join us at one of Central Ohio's most significant events of the year. The 2016 State of the Region luncheon, MORPC's signature annual luncheon, will take place on Friday, May 6 at the Hilton Downtown Columbus.

The State of the Region will showcase upcoming plans for Central Ohio and highlight community accomplishments. The Regional Leadership Award, the William C. Habig Collaborative Achievement Award, and the William H. Anderson Excellence in Public Service Award, will be presented at the luncheon.

This year’s luncheon keynote features Dr. James H. Johnson, Jr. Dr. Johnson is a Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and Director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.

Dr. Johnson is an expert on community and economic development, the effects of demographic changes on the U.S. workplace, interethnic minority conflict in advanced industrial societies, urban poverty and public policy, and workforce diversity issues.

He is widely quoted in national media and appears on national network news programs. Fast Company magazine named Johnson one of the “17…brightest thinkers and doers in the new world of work.”

Dr. Johnson spent 12 years on the faculty at the University of California, Los Angeles, before going to UNC-Chapel Hill. He received a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University, master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

For more information and to learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit MORPC's State of the Region event page or contact Bernice Cage at or 614.233.4157.