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  • Columbus Wins Smart City Challenge

    July 11, 2016

    Columbus has won Smart City Challenge and will receive $40 million from U.S. DOT and $10 million from Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc.  Regional partners already raised an additional $90 million, illustrating the collaborative nature of the city and region.

    These funds will transform Central Ohio’s transportation system and provide more options for residents. 

  • Join us at the Central Ohio Commuter Challenge Celebration

    June 22, 2016

    This month, Central Ohioans have reduced vehicular congestion and improved air quality throughout the region by choosing sustainable modes of transportation. We are excited to wrap up the month of June by celebrating the Central Ohio Commuter Challenge.

  • Efforts Can Improve Air Quality during Summer Heat

    June 22, 2016

    Now that summer has officially arrived, it’s important for us to be aware of the air we breathe and do our part in improving the overall air quality in the region.

  • MORPC Supports Alternative Funding Tool for Local Roadways and Infrastructure

    June 21, 2016

    Local governments too often are challenged with constrained budgets and deteriorating infrastructure. MORPC supports commonsense legislation that seeks to provide additional revenue and innovative funding mechanisms to local governments. It is in that spirit that we support Ohio House Bill 528.  

  • New Edition of Columbus Metro Bike Map Now Available

    June 8, 2016

    Have a bike, but don’t know where to go? You’re in luck because the fifth edition of the Columbus Metro Bike Map is now available online, at local bike shops, and public libraries!

  • MORPC Seeking Nominations for Green Region Awards

    June 6, 2016

    Do you know someone or an organization in Central Ohio that is working to create a more vibrant and sustainable region? If so, MORPC is seeking nominations for this year’s Green Region Awards. Nominations are accepted through June 30, 2016.

  • Join us at Riverfest on Saturday

    June 6, 2016

    With the warm weather season upon us, it’s once again time to celebrate Central Ohio’s water resources with Riverfest! Join us in Downtown Columbus from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on June 11 for canoeing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and boat watching along the Scioto River.

  • New Regional Transportation Plan Responds to Region’s Growth

    May 26, 2016

    In a region growing as fast as Central Ohio, economic success depends on preparing a transportation system to accommodate thousands of additional future travelers.

    The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) works with its local, state, and federal partners to identity transportation needs and strategies that look 20 years ahead and meet the region’s need. This plan, the 2016-2040 Columbus Area Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), was adopted by the commission May 12th.

  • Columbus Submits Final Smart City Application With Broad Support From Regional Partners

    May 26, 2016

    Local officials from the city of Columbus gathered to celebrate the submission of the city’s application for the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) $40 million Smart Cities Challenge grant.

    To highlight the strength of the city’s application, leaders announced that public and private partners pledged $90 million in matching funds. If Columbus is awarded the grant and received additional support, Central Ohio could have up to $140 million to use to make the region the nation’s epicenter of advanced vehicle and transportation infrastructure research and development. 

  • Make Your Miles Matter With The Commuter Challenge This Summer

    May 26, 2016

    Would you like to save money, reduce stress, burn calories and help improve the environment this summer?  Well you can, by registering for Central Ohio's Commuter Challenge to challenge today!

    The Commuter Challenge is a competition in which individuals can win prizes by replacing Single Occupancy Vehicle trips with alternative modes of transportation. Eligible commute modes include: ridesharing (both carpool and vanpool), transit, biking (including CoGobikeshare), walking, or car2go.

  • Central Ohio on Pace to Gain One Million People by 2050

    May 12, 2016

    Two years ago, when MORPC launched insight2050 to examine the effects of population growth and changing development in the coming 35 years, we soon found that Central Ohio would add 500,000 people by 2050. The question was, “Could it be even more?” And the answer turns out to be “yes.” 

  • MORPC State of the Region Event Honors Community Leaders

    May 6, 2016

    The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) honored community leaders in the Central Ohio area who have shown extraordinary efforts to the citizens of Central Ohio at the State of the Region Luncheon held May 6th at the Hilton Columbus Downtown.

  • 19th Metro Park to Open in time for Summer Season

    April 28, 2016

    Just in time for the summer season, Metro Parks is opening its 19th park in Central Ohio. Join us on May 6, at 10 a.m. for the grand opening of the Scioto Grove Metro Park.

  • Central Ohio Organizations Celebrate National Bike Month on Two Wheels

    April 26, 2015

    May is National Bike Month. To celebrate and encourage more people to ride their bikes, many communities and organizations around Central Ohio are hosting events throughout the month.

  • Volunteers Needed for MORPC’s Spring Bicycle and Pedestrian Count

    April 25, 2016

    MORPC is seeking volunteers to assist with bicycle and pedestrian counts throughout selected locations in Central Ohio on Wednesday, May 18 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • MORPC Issues First Air Quality Alert of 2016 Season

    April 18, 2016

    The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is issuing an Air Quality Alert for Monday, April 18. The region -- Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, Madison and Licking counties – is likely to experience ground-level ozone pollution levels that are Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups on the national Air Quality Index (AQI) scale. Today’s AQI is forecasted to be 105. 

     

  • MORPC Issues First Air Quality Alert of Season

    April 18, 2016

    The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is issuing an Air Quality Alert for Monday, April 18. The region -- Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, Madison and Licking counties – is likely to experience ground-level ozone pollutionlevels that are Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups on the national Air Quality Index (AQI) scale. Today’s AQI is forecasted to be 105. 

  • MORPC Hosts Informative Safe Routes to School National Conference

    April 13, 2016

    Bicycle and pedestrian safety experts, community leaders and health professionals from around the country met in Columbus for the 5th Safe Routes to School National Conference. MORPC, had the privilege of hosting the informative three day conference from April 5-7, 2016.

  • MORPC and City of Columbus Kick Off Age-Friendly Initiative

    March 24, 2016

    Central Ohio’s population of 65 years or older is expected to double over the next 35 years. In order to ensure that individuals of all ages can remain in their neighborhoods and live a high quality of life, the City of Columbus and MORPC have announced the creation of Age-Friendly Columbus.

  • Columbus Named Finalist for Smart Cities Grant

    March 24, 2016

    Columbus has been named one of the top seven finalists among medium-sized cities from across the country in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Smart Cities Challenge.

  • New Energy Tool Available for Central Ohio Property Owners

    March 24, 2016

    With the formation of an Energy Special Improvement District (E-SID), property owners in Central Ohio can now take advantage of a new tool that offers both economic and environmental benefits.

  • MORPC Seeking Public Input at Metropolitan Transportation Plan Open House

    March 9, 2016

    As MORPC plans for the future of transportation in Central Ohio, it’s important to us that the public has a chance to review our plans and offer comments. After all, area residents ought to have the opportunity to decide whether to bike or drive to work, where they can quickly pick up that last-minute item they forgot to purchase, or how to respond to demographic and lifestyle changes in the region – including nearly 330,000 new residents by 2040.

  • Get Active and Educated at the Safe Routes to School National Conference

    March 9, 2016

    Looking forward to spring? Get active and educated at the 5th Safe Routes to School National Conference, by participating in one of the many interactive workshops at the conference.

  • Advisory Board Instrumental in Preserving Affordable Housing in Franklin County

    March 9, 2016

    With so much economic and demographic growth occurring in the region, we shouldn’t forget the important work of maintaining affordable rental housing for residents.

    MORPC supports the development of housing policies that support lifelong communities, as well as incentives and policies that encourage redevelopment in Central Ohio’s neighborhoods.

  • MORPC Shares Community Stories with Congressional Leaders in Washington

    February 25, 2016

    MORPC’s board and staff leadership travelled to Washington, D.C. recently to discuss MORPC’s 2016 Public Policy Agenda with the Central Ohio Congressional delegation, and to attend the conference of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC).

     

  • State Leaders Urged to Consider Optional License Fee Increase

    February 24, 2016

    MORPC’s local government members are often faced with the question of how roadways and infrastructure can be better funded while their budgets are being constrained. Having every financial tool available at their disposal is essential, and that’s why MORPC raised the subject of license plate fees at a recent Statehouse hearing.

  • Join Us at the 5th Safe Routes to School National Conference

    February 22, 2016

    Join a wide range of practitioners in Columbus for the 5th Safe Routes to School National Conference on April 5-7. It doesn’t matter if you are an expert or an amateur, if you have an interest in improving the connectivity and safety of bikers and walkers, this three-day conference is for you!

  • Mayors Meet at MORPC

    February 11, 2016

    As a regional planning commission, MORPC seeks to bring together collaborators to solve complex problems in Central Ohio. It was in that spirit that MORPC hosted a forum focused on how local cities can better connect and collectively implement strategies for the betterment of our growing region.

  • Bernice Cage Receives 2016 Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award

    February 9, 2016

    Bernice Cage, MORPC's Senior Public Information and Diversity Officer, won the 2016 Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award at the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Columbus Chapter Annual Dinner.

  • Join us at the 2016 State of the Region Luncheon

    February 9, 2016

    Join us at one of Central Ohio's most significant events of the year. The 2016 State of the Region luncheon, MORPC's signature annual luncheon, will take place on Friday, May 6 at the Hilton Downtown Columbus.

  • Regional Data Task Force Results Recommend Creation of Data Lab

    January 28, 2016

    We look to data to help us find solutions and reveal the truth. However, with so much readily available, how can we be certain that we are using the correct information to inform decision makers, or for that matter make decisions for ourselves?

    The Regional Data Task Force findings recommend that the creation of a Data Lab would provide leaders in the region with reliable information.

  • MORPC Seeking Public Input on Draft Roadway Projects for Metropolitan Transportation Plan

    January 27, 2016

    MORPC staff has the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) draft roadway projects, and we need your input!Staff developed an interactive map for the public to view newly proposed projects and gather feedback.  Please provide your comments and utilize this valuable resource at www.morpc.org/mtp2040

  • Register for 2016 Safe Routes to School National Conference

    January 25, 2016

    A wide range of bicycle and pedestrian safety experts along with a diverse group of health professionals from across the country will gather in Columbus for the 5th Safe Routes to School National Conference.

    The 2016 Safe Routes to School National Conference is an opportunity to learn how programs are changing the habits of an entire generation of school children, while improving the health and environment of numerous communities. The conference takes place April 5-7, 2016 at the Hilton Columbus Downtown, and this year’s theme is ‘Intersections: Where Transportation and Health Meet.’

  • Free Weatherization Services Available to Eligible Franklin County Residents

    January 13, 2016

    With winter weather having finally arrived, MORPC urges Franklin County residents to take full advantage of residential energy programs that will keep their homes warmer in the winter, reduce energy consumption, and save them money.

  • MORPC Staff Attend National Workshop Focused on Making Planning Tools More Accessible

    January 14, 2016

    Staff from MORPC’s Planning and Environment department recently traveled to Washington DC, to attend the Convening of Regional Agencies, a workshop focused on accelerating the accessibility of scenario planning tools. The workshop was hosted by the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC), PlaceMatters, and the Federal Highway Administration.