Diversity & Inclusion
Over the next three decades, the Central Ohio region is expected to experience dramatic changes in demographics and lifestyles that will affect the future success of our communities. The changing demographics and economic prosperity are placing the region in the same league as the nation’s top cultural centers. As evidenced in MORPC’s 2016 insight2050 report, the results demonstrate the importance of a strategic focus on diversity and inclusion:
- Current projections now reveal that our region will grow to three million people by
- The number of seniors aged 65 or older is expected to more than double by 2050
- Racial and ethnic minorities are expected to account for most of our region’s growth by 2050
Increasing evidence suggests that a region’s ability to compete economically will depend more upon its ability to attract and retain young talent. To remain vital, competitive, and relevant in the global marketplace, MORPC must engage, partner, and collaborate with diverse populations. The inclusion of diverse populations (racial/ethnic, age, gender, LGBTQ+) in MORPC’s bodies of work provides a spectrum of thought, voices and perspectives. The intrinsic value of inclusion is to produce better products, plans, and services designed to improve the quality of life for the Central Ohio region.
The agency’s “1 MORPC 1 Voice” speaker series invites community leaders to present on their mission, goals, and initiatives. The purpose of the speaker series is to inform community and elected officials about the initiatives and programs in our region that support our growing diverse population.
As the regional council of local governments, MORPC work in diversity & inclusion is a core value for the agency and its members.