William Murdock serves as executive director of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC). MORPC is Central Ohio’s regional council for local governments that provides tools and resources to nearly 70 members comprised of counties, cities, villages, townships, and regional agencies. As Executive Director, William oversees innovative planning, services, and policies in transportation, energy, housing, land use, sustainability, and data.
Murdock has reorganized MORPC’s committees and staffing team to sharpen its focus on collaborative partnerships and local government services. He is responsible for the development of MORPC’s long-range transportation plan that coordinates over $20 billion of transportation improvements across the region through 2040. Murdock spearheaded the launch of insight2050 – a public/private initiative to prepare for Central Ohio’s significant growth and development – and innovative efforts such as the Smart Region Task Force and Midwest Connect Hyperloop effort.
He also directed the creation of Central Ohio’s first regional sustainability and data agendas, and strengthened MORPC’s advocacy efforts at the state and federal levels. Prior to joining MORPC, Murdock worked for over 15 years in state and local government in planning and economic development.
Murdock is actively involved in a number of local, state, and national organizations. He is secretary/treasurer for the Ohio Association of Regional Councils, a governor’s appointee to the DriveOhio Government Advisory Board, a board member of Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT), past president of The Ohio State University Knowlton School Alumni Society, and past chair of the National Association of Regional Councils’ (NARC) Executive Directors Council (EDC).
Murdock is a longtime resident of Central Ohio and proud “Buckeye” with a Bachelor of Science in Economics, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Master of City & Regional Planning, and Master of Science in Parks, Recreation & Tourism Administration from The Ohio State University.