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2019 State of the Region
Date April 18, 2019
Time 11:00am-1:00pm
Location Greater Columbus Convention Center

400 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215


State Of The Region

    The 2019 State of the Region will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

    State of the Region is one of Central Ohio’s most significant events of the year. At the 2019 State of the Region luncheon, we will highlight community accomplishments and showcase upcoming plans for leading our region into the future. State of the Region is attended by the region’s top political, business, and civic leaders at this year’s premier event.

    Registration for the event has closed.

    Keynote Speaker

    Anthony Foxx

    Anthony Foxx works alongside Lyft’s co-founders and executive team – at the intersection of transportation policy, technology, and public-private partnerships – to expand affordable mobility options and improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation.

    From 2013-2017, Anthony served as the 17th United States Secretary of Transportation, leading an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget, whose primary goal was to ensure that America maintains the safest, most efficient transportation system in the world. Among many accomplishments during his tenure, the DOT established a first-ever policy framework for the safe integration of self-driving vehicles, and leveraged $350 million in public and private funding to demonstrate how smart technology can change cities and local communities.

    Anthony was also the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina from 2009-2013. During this time, he made transportation investments the centerpiece of Charlotte’s job creation and economic recovery efforts. These investments included extending the LYNX light rail system, the largest capital project ever undertaken by the city. He also expanded Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (the sixth busiest in the world), worked with North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue to accelerate the I-485 outer belt loop, and started the Charlotte Streetcar project.

    State Of The Region Awards

    William H. Anderson Award

    The William H. Anderson Award recognizes a current or past board member who exemplifies outstanding leadership, a vision for the community and the region, and commitment to MORPC. William H. Anderson, a longtime MORPC board member, was the epitome of a civic volunteer who is remembered for his zeal with which he championed MORPC’S mission and goals.

    • 2018 James R. Schimmer
    • 2017 Karen Angelou
    • 2016 Richard “Ike” Stage
    • 2015 Marsha Grigsby
    • 2014 Eric Phillips
    • 2013 Dean Ringle
    • 2012 Derrick R. Clay
    • 2011 R. Thomas Homan
    • 2010 William (Bill) C. Yaple
    • 2009 Marilyn Brown
    • 2008 Herb Asher
    • 2007 Virginia Barney and Mark Barbash
    Regional Leadership Award

    First introduced in 1997, the Regional Leadership Award recognizes individuals in a 15-county region (Franklin, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Hocking, Knox, Licking, Logan, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Perry, Pickaway, Ross and Union counties) who make extraordinary efforts to ensure the future viability of the region’s communities. The Regional Leadership Award is derived from MORPC’s continuing dedication to addressing issues that transcend community boundaries and to stimulating visionary thinking. Past award winners include:

    • 2018 Curtis Stitt
    • 2017 Patrick Losinski
    • 2016 Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher
    • 2015 Michael Coleman
    • 2014 Marjory Pizzuti
    • 2013 Kenny McDonald
    • 2012 Ron Pizzuti
    • 2011 William Lhota
    • 2010 Val Moeller
    • 2009 Elaine Roberts
    • 2008 Ty Marsh
    • 2007 Mike Long
    • 2006 Bill Habig
    • 2005 Jack Lucks
    • 2004 Debbie Martin
    • 2003 Art Wallace
    • 2002 Don Wuertz
    • 2001 Rich King
    • 1999 (none given)2000 Dave Lieser
    • 1998 Jim Caldwell
    • 1997 Ginny Barney
    William C. Habig Collaborative Achievement Award

    The William C. Habig Collaborative Achievement Award was created in 2006 in honor of William C. Habig, who served MORPC for 39 years, 34 years as executive director. The William C. Habig Collaborative Achievement award is annually presented to an individual and/or organizations who have achieved an effective effort or innovative collaborative in central Ohio. The honoree(s) will have demonstrated success in developing a specific initiative or entity that supports broad inclusion, diverse thoughts in the process and delivers tangible results addressing key challenges facing the region. Past award winners include:

    • 2018 Delaware Community YMCA/Ohio Army National Guard Readiness Center
    • 2017 Smart Columbus
    • 2016 Sustaining Scioto
    • 2015 Yaromir Steiner
    • 2014 Economic Development 411 (ED 411)
    • 2013 Union County Council of Governments
    • 2012 Capital Crossroads and Discovery Special Improvements Districts
    • 2011 Columbus Region Logistics Council
    • 2010 Central Ohio Trauma System
    • 2009 Central Ohio Public Information Network (COPIN)
    • 2008 Signers of the Central Ohio Green Pact
    • 2007 Mid Ohio Development Exchange (MODE)

    If your organization is interested in being a sponsor for the State of the Region luncheon, please contact Amanda McEldowney at 614.233.4112.

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