MORPC Shares Stories of Region with Congressional Leaders in Washington

March 24, 2017

Perhaps never before has public policy played such an important role in the growth and development of a region. MORPC’s board and staff leadership recently traveled to Washington, D.C. to share MORPC’s regional priorities and its 2017-2018 Public Policy Agenda with the Central Ohio Congressional delegation.

Conversations with the congressional delegation included issues and top priorities for MORPC’s local government members such as long-term sustainable transportation funding and investment in key infrastructure projects to prepare for the growth in the region.

“Sharing the stories of our members and their communities with our congressional delegation in Washington is critical to the growth of our region and the quality of life of our residents,” said MORPC Executive Director William Murdock. “We encourage leaders in Washington to view MORPC’s Public Policy Agenda as an opportunity to work together and as a resource to evaluate our region’s progress.”

The Public Policy Agenda exemplifies the collaborative spirit of Central Ohioans and is vital to improving the lives of the people we serve and represent in our 15 county region. The agenda is by no means a final document – it will evolve and change as important issues arise. MORPC will utilize this framework to begin proactively advocating for policies and opportunities to enhance the quality of life in Central Ohio and advance the region.

The MORPC delegates also attended the National Conference of Regions. The National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) hosts the conference for Councils of Government, Metropolitan Planning Organizations -- their leaders, board members and local elected officials. The conference is an opportunity for attendees to collaborate on shared interests and determine key policy issues for the year ahead.

For more information on MORPC’s legislative activity and the 2017-2018 Public Policy Agenda, please visit our website.