MORPC Strengthens Sustainability & Economic Growth Focus

    February 7, 2019
    New Leadership Positions Will Elevate Regional Efforts, Help Preparations for 2050

    The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) announced a strengthened focus on regional sustainability solutions and developing critical infrastructure for economic development.  With Central Ohio poised for significant additional growth, this shift in regional strategy includes new programming and newly created staff leadership to better prepare its local government members to leverage growth to improve the region’s economy and environment.  Brandi Whetstone will lead sustainability efforts as MORPC’s Sustainability Officer and Nathaniel Kaelin will develop new strategies and tools as MORPC’s Economic Development & Infrastructure Officer.

    “It’s urgent for our region to plan today for growth that improves our environment and our infrastructure.  We’re excited to create new leadership positions in sustainability and economic development and infrastructure to ensure MORPC better serves our local communities,” MORPC Executive Director William Murdock said. “Brandi and Nathaniel are dedicated public servants, experienced experts, passionate regional advocates, and well suited to lead these critical forward-thinking programs and services.”

    Brandi Whetstone, Sustainability Officer

    Whetstone has been with MORPC for nine years, previously serving as interim director of the Energy & Air Quality Department. Her 20 years of experience in sustainability includes home weatherization programs, energy, air quality and natural resource protection. She currently serves on the Sustainable Columbus Committee to advance their sustainability plans for a healthy and prosperous community. She received her bachelor’s in environmental policy & analysis from Bowling Green State University.

    Nathaniel Kaelin, Economic Development & Infrastructure Officer

    Kaelin joined MORPC’s Transportation Systems & Funding Department in 2016 to launch Competitive Advantage Projects, a partnership between Columbus 2020 and MORPC to identify and advance priority infrastructure projects in the region. Prior to joining MORPC, Kaelin worked for the Ohio Development Services Agency, where he managed Ohio’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit, as well as other tax incentive and urban revitalization programs. He has degrees in Urban and Regional Planning from Miami University and The Ohio State University, is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

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