MORPC State of the Region Event Honors Community Leaders

    April 18, 2019
    #SavetheCrew among those who received special recognition

    Community leaders who made extraordinary efforts in contributing to the welfare of Central Ohioans were honored by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) at the State of the Region Luncheon held today at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

    The Metropolitan Emergency Communications Consortium (MECC) is the recipient of the William C. Habig Collaborative Achievement award.  The William C. Habig Collaborative Achievement award is presented annually to an individual or individuals who have achieved an effective effort or innovative collaborative in Central Ohio.

    Originally MECC arose from a genuine desire to improve fire and EMS dispatching services and, in effect, to save lives. What started as a collaboration of the fire departments in Mifflin, Jefferson, and Plain townships nearly 20 years ago has grown to include services for an additional 21 fire departments and 13 law enforcement agencies for many government entities in Franklin, Fairfield and Licking counties. It also transitioned to the MECC Regional Council of Governments. The collaboration has allowed the jurisdictions to improve emergency response times using state-of-the-art technology that offers shared, real-time information and access to hundreds of emergency vehicles at once, getting first responders to residents faster, when time is most critical. MECC shares costs, saving taxpayers millions of dollars while providing the opportunity to benefit from the latest in technology, medical direction, and other services. Click here to view video.

    Union County Commissioner Steve Stolte is recognized with the William H. Anderson Excellence in Public Service 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.

    Stolte exemplifies a dedicated public servant who works tirelessly to better the lives of residents in the region. Stolte’s public career includes Marysville City Engineer, the Union County Engineer and Union County Environmental Engineer.  In 2011, Stolte was appointed County Commissioner, subsequently elected, and continues to fill this role.

    As the Union County Board member of MORPC, Stolte quickly engaged himself with leaders from around the region serving as the Sustainability Advisory Committee Chair, which subsequently led to 31 governments committing to fostering actions and plans to be more sustainable. Most notably, Stolte was a key leader in assisting MORPC with fostering the successful launch of the Central Ohio Rural Planning Organization (CORPO). CORPO allows counties outside the MORPC transportation planning area, but within the Central Ohio, to become engaged in planning for future transportation projects.

    Because of his leadership, several rural counties have elected to become MORPC board members, and others have stepped up to be CORPO members thereby strengthening the planning network for the Central Ohio region. Click here to view video.

    Jean Carter Ryan is the recipient of the Regional Leadership award which recognizes individuals in the region 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 to inspire visionary thinking.

    Jean Carter Ryan serves as the president of the Columbus-Franklin County Finance Authority, where she has successfully completed over 97 projects with a combined issuance of over $1.8 billion of public and private financing – improving the economic impact for Ohio communities. Strategic thinker, brilliant, passionate about community development, highly respected, expert in public finance, resilient, thoughtful, dedicated, decisive, caring and a greatly admired executive are frequent words and phrases used to describe Ryan. She is a sought-after speaker and willingly shares the creative leveraging of public and private investment to solidify significant capital investments.

    During her time as deputy director of the Ohio Department of Development, Economic Development Division, Ryan introduced extraordinary investment in development projects that catapulted her career and earned her the respect and admiration of the economic development community. Her board service includes COTA, Mid-Ohio Development Exchange, OSU Knowlton School of Alumni Board, and the Ohio Economic Development Association Board. She is also a founding member of Women in Public Finance. Click here to view video.

    The Massive Collaboration award was presented to #SavetheCrew. This award honors individuals and organizations for their efforts and accomplishments related to a unique set of circumstances of regional significance. #SavetheCrew was the grassroots effort, and public/private partnership to keep the Columbus Crew Soccer Club in Columbus, rather than the team moving out of state. Thanks to efforts from Crew fans, the City of Columbus, Franklin County, the State of Ohio, the Columbus Partnership and the Edwards and Haslam families, #SavetheCrew culminated in a deal for a new stadium under new ownership. Click here to view video.

    The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s State of the Region is an annual one-day event which brings together over 800 key political, business and civic leaders to celebrate our region’s accomplishments and address future challenges and opportunities.  This year’s keynote, Anthony Foxx, Lyft Chief Policy Officer and Senior Advisor and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, addressed innovative technology on our transportation system and infrastructure.

    The 2019 State of the Region can be viewed in its entirety on CTC-TV 3G.

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