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MORPC Laying Out Its Public Policy Priorities for Next Two Years

MORPC Highlights Public Policy Priorities with Visits at Ohio Statehouse, U.S. Capitol Building

March 5, 2019

With legislation moving quickly at both the state and federal levels of government, board officers and staff members from the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) have been very active advocating on the agency’s public policy priorities for the next two years.

The agency continues to build relationships with members of the Ohio Senate and Ohio House of Representatives through regular visits to their offices. MORPC Transportation & Infrastructure Development Director Thea Walsh also recently testified to the Ohio House Finance Committee on the state transportation budget.

That followed visits from MORPC leadership in Washington, D.C. last month with U.S. Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman, as well as U.S. Representatives Steve Stivers, Bob Gibbs, Joyce Beatty, Troy Balderson, and Jim Jordan.

MORPC had also recently visited federal lawmakers regarding the agency’s Midwest Connect hyperloop route. And Congressman Troy Balderson, who was recently appointed to the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, stopped by MORPC for a conversation about the agency’s transportation work.

All of the visits offered the opportunity for MORPC to highlight the priorities approved as part of its 2019-2020 Public Policy Agenda.

“The policy agenda reflects the diverse needs and interests of the region’s cities, townships, counties, villages, and regional organizations. It is our compass as we assertively advocate issues and policies we have at the state and federal levels of government.”
MORPC Executive Director William Murdock

The agenda has four central goals on which MORPC can lead to better the region’s quality of life:

  • Regionalism – Promote regionalism at the local, state, and federal levels of government fostering economic growth, prosperity, efficient use of resources, and a high quality of life for Central Ohio residents.
  • Transportation – Achieve an advanced, inclusive, and exceptional transportation system that connects Central Ohio’s people and products to the world.
  • Sustainability – Pursue sustainability solutions that protect and conserve our natural resources and promote a diverse supply of clean, affordable, and reliable sources of energy for our growing region.
  • Data and Digital Infrastructure – Promote effective data policies and the equitable deployment of digital infrastructure that benefit Central Ohio communities.

The agenda also highlights areas on which MORPC can collaborate with like-minded organizations, including economic development, sustainable development, and federal funding.

More information and resources related to MORPC’s government affairs work, including the 2019-2020 Public Policy Agenda, can be viewed at morpc.org/govaffairs.

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