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  • 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.

  • Last Call For State of The Region Award Nominations

    January 4, 2015

    MORPC is now accepting nominations for the Regional Leadership Award and the William C. Habig Collaborative Achievement Award. The awards will be presented at the State of the Region Luncheon on May 6, 2016. Nominations must be received by Friday, January 15, 2016. 

  • Future of Central Ohio Transportation Discussed at Luncheon

    December 3, 2015

    How to plan an efficient and effective transportation system while significant change looms on the horizon was the chief topic of discussion at a recent Columbus Metropolitan Club luncheon.

    MORPC Executive Director William Murdock joined Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) President and CEO Curtis Stitt and Ohio State University Assistant Vice President for Mobility Research Carla Bailo on the panel for the event titled “Rerouting Transit: Modes that Move Us.” The forum was moderated by Elissa Schneider, chair of Transit Columbus.

  • Central Ohio is Seeing Improvement in Ozone Pollution

    December 3, 2015

    Now that the ozone season for 2015 has come to a close, MORPC has released a report on the season. Results are promising for the continued improvement in the state of air quality in the region.

  • New Scioto Greenways Open for Residents to Enjoy

    November 19, 2015

    Earlier this month, local leaders gathered along the banks of the Scioto River, in downtown Columbus, to celebrate the opening of the new Scioto Greenways.

    The Scioto Greenways project creates 33 acres of new parkland and 1.5 miles of multi-use trails.

  • MORPC and Dublin Support Senate Bill that Promotes Energy and Cost Savings

    November 19, 2015

    MORPC has a long history of working with local residents, governments, and manufacturers to not only ensure we are being energy efficient as a region, but to help save on energy costs.

    Now, as legislation makes its way through the Statehouse on Energy Special Improvement Districts (E-SIDs), MORPC and the City of Dublin are speaking about the importance of energy improvement projects and how our local governments can use them with one another.

  • MORPC Team Highlighting Long-Range Transportation Plans to Local Communities

    November 18, 2015

    With work on MORPC’s 2016-2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan continuing to make progress, MORPC staff members began presenting to local officials and residents this week about the impact the plan could have on their communities.

  • MORPC and Partners Expanding SR 750 to Reduce Congestion and Improve Safety near Zoo

    November 3, 2015

    Local leaders recently gathered near the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium to celebrate the start of a construction project on State Route (SR) 750. Once completed, congestion will reduce and safety conditions will improve for pedestrians, drivers, and bikers.



  • MORPC Showcases Home Energy Services in Madison Township

    October 31, 2015

    MORPC hosted its annual Weatherization Showcase at the home of Bill and Dora Zweydorff located in Madison Township on October 20, 2015. The showcase provides the opportunity for community leaders, program funders, and the public to see MORPC’s weatherization services in action and highlights the value of these important services.

  • Local Wetland Project Improves Water Quality for Residents

    October 30, 2015

    Central Ohio is nationally known for its beautiful and ecologically diverse rivers and streams. However, strong storms can cause soil to wash away and flush pollution into our rivers and streams.   

    In order to reduce storm water flows and the pollution they carry, the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District (FSWCD), in partnership with the City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities and Columbus Recreation and Parks Department, constructed a storm water treatment wetland in Crawford Farms Park.

     

  • 2015 Central Ohio Trick-or-Treat Dates

    October 19, 2015

    MORPC's suggested 2015 Trick-or-Treat date for Central Ohio communities is Thursday, October 29th. Individual community dates are available in an interactive map as well as a static listing. We encourage planning ahead to ensure fun and safe activities.

  • Final Portion of Alum Creek Trail Completed

    October 15, 2015

    Earlier this month, local leaders gathered to celebrate the completion of the final portion of the Alum Creek Greenways Trail.

    The 22-mile long trail, the longest in Central Ohio, connects 43 miles of trails. It also provides a variety of benefits to the region like connecting urban and suburban communities to Easton Town Center and the Ohio Erie Trail.

     

  • MORPC Public and Government Affairs Director Offers Testimony to Ohio Senate Committee

    October 13, 2015

    MORPC has a long history of developing and supporting innovative approaches that help local governments share services.

    As legislation makes its way through the Statehouse on a statewide shared services program, MORPC’s Director of Public and Government Affairs, Laura Koprowski, is speaking about the importance of the ShareOhio program and the many benefits it provides to local governments. 

  • Those Contributing to a Greener Region Honored at MORPC's Summit on Sustainability

    October 2, 2015

    MORPC’s 2015 Summit on Sustainability featured a variety of educational sessions about Public Policy, Energy, Environment, Land-Use, and Transportation.

    The event also marked the addition of a new award, the Green Mobility Award, in honor of the late William (Bill) A. Lewis, Jr., former City of Columbus Chief Mobility Engineer. Find out about all the award winners. 

  • MORPC Uses Simulator To Encourage Safe Driving Habits

    September 22, 2015

    September is Safe Driving Awareness Month in Ohio, and MORPC has a long history of working closely with local agencies and the state to ensure that residents are safe while driving.

    Earlier this month, in recognition of Safe Driving Awareness Month, MORPC was pleased to have Grove City’s driving simulator at its commission meeting for members and staff to use.

  • Summit Panel Features Prominent Leaders and Innovators

    September 22, 2015

    The Summit's keynote luncheon features a panel that will focus on energy, an integral factor in Central Ohio’s growth. The featured  panel of experts include:

    • Reid Spolek, Manager of the Renewable Energy for Amazon’s Web Services
    • Kate Bartter, Director of Office of Energy and Environment for The Ohio State University
    • Dirk Nordberg, Honda of America Green Factory Manager
  • Last Chance to Register for MORPC's 2015 Summit on Sustainability

    September 10, 2015

    MORPC’s signature environmental conference, The Summit on Sustainability will be held Friday, October 2, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hilton Columbus Downtown.  Registration for the Summit ends on Friday, September 18th, so register today to join in the conversation!

  • Local Government Internship Program Impactful For Students

    September 10, 2015

    Earlier this spring, students packed the lobby of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC). The group of young adults were excited to begin their summer internships. For the next 10 weeks, these college students would engage in public service by working at various local governments entities throughout Central Ohio.

    This year, MORPC created the Local Government Internship Pilot Program. The program was designed to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a professional experience, by working at a local government entity.

     

  • MORPC Releases Top 40 High Crash Intersections For 2012-2014

    August 31, 2015

    Understanding where traffic accidents occur is a critical first step in enhancing the safety of roadways in Central Ohio. In order to improve accident prone areas, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) released its Top 40 Regional High-Crash Intersections list for the years 2012-2014.