MORPC Continues to be a Resource to Local Governments Amid Pandemic
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s role as a regional facilitator became more evident as local governments have had to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic.
MORPC is committed to providing a strong array of innovative benefits and events to its member governments. So when COVID-19 arrived in Central Ohio and the state’s stay-at-home order was put in place, bringing the members together to collaborate and provide them with up-to-date information became particularly important.
Since March, MORPC has partnered with the Franklin County Township Association and the Central Ohio Mayors and Managers Association to convene virtual meetings and calls to assist local governments in navigating the pandemic and the economic issues associated with it. In addition to MORPC’s COVID-19 Resource Hub, the calls are intended to provide all Central Ohio communities with the opportunity to hear various regional updates related to obstacles, best practices, and other insights.
The calls have also served as a vehicle for MORPC to reiterate, provide updates, and facilitate discussion on its public policy priorities amid a changing landscape.
Just a sampling of the officials who have spoken with local government officials on MORPC’s COVID-19 calls include:
- U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown
- Congressman Steve Stivers,
- Congresswoman Joyce Beatty
- Congressman Troy Balderson
- Lt. Governor Jon Husted
- State Senator Stephanie Kunze
- State Representative Laura Lanese
- Local health officials
- Numerous municipality, township, and county officials
Relationships with legislators will be important as MORPC continues its work of advocating for revenue replacement in future COVID-19 relief legislation in order to address the unprecedented revenue shortfalls being faced by local governments.
MORPC will be hosting two upcoming events for local governments to discuss the uses and accounting protocols related to CARES Act funding. Members have the choice of which of the two they would like to attend, and both will be held virtually.
Wednesday, July 29
Wednesday, August 5
In the meantime, MORPC is continuing to host many of its regular member events and forums – albeit virtually. Important announcements and updates will continue to be provided to members by e-mail from the agency and its staff.