- 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.
- Summit Breakout Sessions Announced
August 27, 2015
MORPC’s 2015 Summit on Sustainability will take place on Friday, October 2 at the Hilton Downtown Columbus, bringing hundreds of people together to explore regional sustainable solutions. This year, Summit Breakout Sessions are categorized based on tracks for Policy, Energy & Environment, Land-Use Impacts, and transportation.
- Summer Program Offers Opportunities for Young People in Central Ohio
August 27, 2015
Summers are a time for students to take a break and relax after a long school year, but they are also an opportunity to prepare for tomorrow.
The Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is an 8 week program that runs from June through August offering young people the chance to attain new skills and learn what professions spark their interest.
- Charlotte Chamber President/CEO Focuses on Transit at MORPC Roundtable
August 27, 2015
Light rail, street cars, and bus rapid transit have become a cornerstone of economic growth and talent retention in Charlotte, NC. How could a region the size of Central Ohio do this? That was the key question last week at the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC) Community Leaders Public Transportation Roundtable in partnership with the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), which featured Bob Morgan, the President and CEO of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce.
- Sustainability Summit to Focus on Central Ohio's Energy Future
August 12, 2015
The Summit on Sustainability is MORPC's signature environmental conference, bringing hundreds of community leaders together to explore and share sustainable ideas and solutions. This year's theme, Regions Matter, will focus on sharing best practices that can be applied by local governments, businesses and residents to improve the environment in which we live.
MORPC is pleased to announce that Reid Spolek, Manager of the Renewable Energy Strategy for Amazon’s Web Services’ data centers, will be a panelist during this year’s lunch program. The lunch program will focus on energy, an integral factor in Central Ohio’s growth.
- Shower Smarter
August 11, 2015
Central Ohioans can conserve energy and cut their utility bills through the Residential Energy Efficiency Program. MORPC in partnership with the City of Columbus Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is offering free installation of high efficiency showerheads to help customers conserve energy and water, and save money. The partnership bolsters savings through leveraging MORPC’s energy efficiency program expertise and DPU’s water conservation knowledge.
- Federal Transportation Funding Extended, but No Long-term Solution Yet
August 3, 2015
While Congress has made some progress, the House and Senate haven’t yet reached an agreement on long-term federal transportation funding.
Up against the July 31st deadline set by a previous short-term extension passed in May, President Obama signed the only legislation Congress could agree upon before their August recess – another short-term extension lasting through October.
- Does Your Community Need Infrastructure Improvement Funding?
July 29, 2015
Does your community need basic infrastructure improvements or funds? If so, your neighborhood may be eligible for an infrastructure project grant.
The Ohio Public Works Commission will allocate approximately $26 million in loans and grants for District 3/Franklin County projects through the Ohio Public Works Commission’s State Capital Improvements Program (SCIP) and the Local Transportation Improvements Program (LTIP). These programs provide financial assistance to local communities for the improvement of their basic infrastructure systems. Eligible projects include improvements to roads, bridges, culverts, water supply systems, wastewater systems, storm water collection systems, and solid waste disposal facilities.
- Sustaining Scioto Report Released: Planning for our Region's Future Water Resources
July 28, 2015
It appears that extreme weather events are becoming more of the norm rather than the exception. Such variation to our climate can impact our region’s businesses and natural resources. With the expected future growth in Central Ohio, we must not only prepare for new demands, but sustain clean and secure water for our residents.
- Impact of Trails Study Released
July 22, 2015
An 18 month study focused on the Impact of Trails in the Central Ohio region has been released by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC).
MORPC and local governments recognized that there was a need for better data and education tools related to trail development in Central Ohio. The goal of the Study was to provide a report on the value of trails to inform and educate our local business community, developers, government decision makers, and residents. The study obtained objective data in four areas: trail usage, trail user profiles and feedback; costs analysis (capital and operation and maintenance), and property value analyses along trails.
- Save The Date For MORPC's 2015 Summit On Sustainability
July 13, 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. Register now to join in the conversation.
- MORPC ACTIVE IN OHIO BUDGET PROCESS
July 8, 2015
July 1 marked the start of the fiscal year for the state government, and Ohio’s recently passed biennial budget (sub HB 64) goes down in the books as the largest in history ($71.2 billion). Legislators consider hundreds of bills throughout a biennial session of the General Assembly, however no legislation is more important than the bills that constitute the state’s two-year budget.
- Public Input Critical to Transportation Planning Process
July 8, 2015
The transportation planning process can be complex, however it becomes much easier with your input. MORPC encourages the community to review the draft 2015 Transportation Public Involvement Plan at www.morpc.org/transportation/public-involvement.
The Public Involvement Plan (PIP) is designed to provide our Central Ohio residents an opportunity to participate in the formulation of transportation policies, plans such as the Metropolitan Transportation Plan and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and other transportation programs. Public involvement provides a deliberative and transparent process for people affected by the projects, strategies and initiatives recommended from the transportation planning process.