- Cyber Security Forum
Tuesday March 3, 2015
Cyber risk incidents are being reported at an alarming rate. Cyber attacks can result from hackers and other external and internal sources. Join us for a forum on cyber risk exposures and incident management. Discussion will focus on how to minimize the threat of an attack, policies to adopt, how to minimize risks associated with data management, and how to manage incidents.
- Section 5310 Funding Available
The Section 5310 Enhanced Mobility of Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Program provides approximately $850,000 in Federal funding to improve mobility for seniors and people with disabilities. This program provides grant funds for capital expenses for vehicles and related equipment used to transport seniors and people with disabilities and activities related to mobility management. Funds may also be used for operating projects which specifically serve seniors and people with disabilities, travel training to instruct persons with disabilities on using fixed-route bus services, and capital projects to remove barriers at bus stops for persons with disabilities.
- MORPC Shares Region’s Priorities in Washington, DC
MORPC Board and staff leadership shared Central Ohio’s priorities and interests during a recent visit to the Nation’s Capitol. Issues identified in MORPC’s 2015 Public Policy Agenda such as transportation funding and policies to improve workforce transportation options were discussed with the region’s Congressional members and staff.
- Review draft Objectives and Targets for 2016-2040 MTP
February 2, 2015
In determining future transportation needs,MORPC is asking the community to review and comment on the draft Objectives and Targets for the 2016-2040 Columbus Area Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP). The MTP is developed from a continuing, cooperative, and comprehensive transportation planning process, with a 20-year horizon to 2040.
- Development in a Changing and Growing Region
A Cities Forum entitled “Development in a Changing & Growing Region,” is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 5, 2015 at the McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening Street, Worthington. The forum will showcase successful redevelopment initiatives for established communities.
- MORPC UPDATES TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM
January 18, 2015
MORPC is updating the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for State Fiscal Years 2016-2019. The TIP is a schedule of transportation projects proposed for construction from July 2015 through June 2019 and located within Delaware and Franklin counties, Bloom and Violet townships in Fairfield County, and Etna Township and Pataskala in Licking County. The TIP documents how approximately $1.5 billion of federal transportation funds will be used for highway, mass transit, bikeway and pedestrian projects over the next 4 years. Projects must be included in the TIP to be eligible for federal funding.
- Award-Winning Strategist Jeff Tumlin is MORPC's State of the Region Keynote
JANUARY 13, 2015
This year’s 2015 State of the Region keynote speaker is Jeffrey Tumlin, Principal and Director of Strategy of Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, a San Francisco-based transportation planning and engineering firm that focuses on sustainable mobility. MORPC’s annual State of the Region luncheon will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at the Hilton in downtown Columbus. The mission of this prestigious event is to recognize our region’s accomplishments and inspire our community for future growth and success.
- MORPC State of the Region 2015 Nominees
JANUARY 13, 2015
Community leaders who made extraordinary efforts in contributing to the welfare of Central Ohioans will be honored by MORPC at the State of the Region Luncheon on Thursday, April 2 in the George Bellows Ballroom, Hilton in downtown Columbus. An awards ceremony honoring the winners of these prestigious awards is scheduled to take place at the luncheon.
- MORPC Receives Awards for Outstanding Financial Reporting
JANUARY 14, 2015
MORPC recently received the Auditor of State Award with Distinction for excellence in financial reporting by Auditor of State Dave Yost and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).
- OPWC’s Public Works Integrating Committee awards over $23 Million to 11 Projects
DECEMBER 18, 2014
The Ohio Public Works Commission's Public Works Integrating Committee has awarded over $23 million to 11 District 3/Franklin County projects through the State Capital Improvements Program and Local Transportation Improvements Program.
- Liberty Township (Delaware County) Joins MORPC
DECEMBER 11, 2014
In order to maintain a strong collaboration on regional issues, MORPC members continue to seek opportunities to grow the organization. Liberty Township’s application for membership was approved by the MORPC Board effective January 1, 2015.
- 2014 Ozone Season Ends with Zero Air Quality Alerts
DECEMBER 9, 2014
MORPC announces for the first time in 20 years that Central Ohio had zero ozone alert days during ozone season. The Air Quality Index (AQI), which identifies health effects from higher levels of pollutants in the air, did not exceed 100 AQI or Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups for Delaware, Knox, Fairfield, Franklin, Licking and Madison counties. ...read more
- MORPC proposes over $59 Million for New Transportation Projects
DECEMBER 9, 2014
MORPC is announcing a proposed list of new transportation projects to receive over $59 million in federal funds from State Fiscal Years 2016 to 2021. MORPC is seeking public comment on the proposed projects through January 5, 2015. ...read more
- MORPC seeks State of the Region Award Nominations
DECEMBER 5, 2014
MORPC is now accepting nominations for the Regional Leadership Award and the William C. Habig Collaborative Achievement Award to be presented at the State of the Region Luncheon on April 2, 2015. Nominations must be received by Friday, December 19, 2014. ...read more
- Housing & Community Services Director leaving MORPC after 22 Years of Service
DECEMBER 1, 2014
Kathy Werkmeister, Housing and Community Services Director and MORPC mainstay for 22 years, is leaving MORPC in December. Kathy was responsible for overseeing the agency’s housing and community development programs including housing rehabilitation, neighborhood stabilization, homeownership education and foreclosure prevention counseling. ...read more
- insight2050 Scenario Results Report Now Available
NOVEMBER 26, 2014
The draft insight2050 report generates objective metrics to help Central Ohio communities, businesses and residents proactively prepare and plan for regional population growth of 500,000 people over the next 30+ years. Public comments on the draft report are being accepted through December 5. ...read more
- MORPC seeks Public Comment on Draft Regional Transportation Goals
NOVEMBER 13, 2014
MORPC has released the draft goals for its 2016-2040 Metropolitan Transportation Plan for public review and comment. The goals will direct actions and strategies used to measure our progress over time with respect to transportation in the Central Ohio area. ...read more
- Public Invited to take part in US DOT Certification Review
NOVEMBER 13, 2014
MORPC, the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Transit Administration of the US Department of Transportation are asking the public to actively take part in the Federal officials’ visit to Columbus to review MORPC’s transportation planning programs and services. ...read more
- Villages of Galena (Delaware County) & Somerset (Perry County) join MORPC
NOVEMBER 13, 2014
In order to maintain a strong collaboration on regional issues, MORPC members continue to seek opportunities to grow the organization. Today the Villages of Galena and the Somerset were approved as MORPC's newest members. ...read more
- 2009-2013 Regional Crash Fact Sheet Released
NOVEMBER 3, 2014
Each year MORPC collects and analyzes crash data for Regional Crash Fact Sheets covering a variety of crash types and related information on fatal crashes, serious crashes, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, truck drivers, public transit, rear-end and work zone crashes, and driver behavior trends. ...read more
- MORPC Showcases Home Energy Efficiency Services
OCTOBER 29, 2014
The showcase provides the opportunity for community leaders and the public to see MORPC’s weatherization services in action. Stations set-up throughout the home demonstrated the insulation process and combustion analysis testing as well as devices such as an infrared thermography camera and a blower door....read more
- MORPC stresses Pedestrian Safety during Trick-or-Treat
OCTOBER 28, 2014
MORPC is asking communities, drivers, parents and pedestrians to pay particular attention to Trick-or-Treaters during their night of Halloween celebration. MORPC recommends that parents and youth follow these pedestrian safety tips. ...read more
- MORPC Announces 2014 Green Region Award Winners
OCTOBER 10, 2014
MORPC's 2014 Summit on Sustainability and the Environment took place October 10 at Hilton Columbus Downtown. The inspiring event featured a variety of educational sessions about active transportation, water quality, energy, materials management, local food and air quality. The event also marked the occasion for MORPC’s fifth annual Green Region Awards. ...read more
- 2015 MORPC Member Population Estimates Now Available
OCTOBER 9, 2014
Every year since 1962, MORPC has compiled population estimates for its member communities. The data helps determine member dues while providing insight into growth in the region. Population estimates also serve as an official source communities can refer to when applying for grants. ...read more
- MORPC Prioritizes & Approves TRAC Projects
OCTOBER 9, 2014
MORPC has prioritized four projects seeking funding from ODOT's Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC). The TRAC has accepted Major/New Project applications for their 2014 project selection round which includes projects that have a total cost greater than $12 million. ...read more
- Central Ohio Trick-or-Treat Dates
OCTOBER 1, 2014
MORPC has set the recommended “Trick-or-Treat” dates for Central Ohio communities for the next five years. Trick-or-Treat for most communities is scheduled, rain or shine, on Thursday, October 30, 2014. ...read more
- 2014 Green Region Award Nominees Announced
SEPTEMBER 23, 2014
MORPC received many exceptional nominees for the Green Region Awards, honoring individuals and organizations working to create a more vibrant and environmentally sustainable region. MORPC will announce the award recipients at the Summit on Sustainability & the Environment on October 10 at Hilton Columbus Downtown. ...read more
- MORPC partners with Central Ohio Organizations to promote Clean Air
SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
MORPC is announcing a new partnership with COSI to install No-Idling signs at their downtown Columbus facility. By asking visitors and staff not to idle their vehicles, COSI and other Central Ohio organizations aim to help improve air quality in the region. ...read more
- Clinton Township joins MORPC
SEPTEMBER 18, 2014
In order to maintain a strong collaboration on regional issues, MORPC members continue to seek opportunities to grow the organization. Today Clinton Township’s application for membership was approved by the MORPC Board. ...read more
- MORPC releases List of Top 40 High Crash Intersections for 2011-2013
SEPTEMBER 11, 2014
MORPC has released its Top 40 Regional High-Crash Intersections list for the years 2011-2013. The top 40 intersections are ranked based on a formula that considers number of crashes, traffic volume and severity. ...read more
- MORPC Recognized for Exemplary Workplace Practices
SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
MORPC has been honored, for the second year in a row, with the 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for its use of effective workplace strategies to increase business and employee success. ...read more
- MORPC announces Summit on Sustainability & the Environment Program
SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
The Summit on Sustainability & the Environment is MORPC's signature environmental conference, bringing hundreds of community leaders together to explore and share sustainable ideas and solutions. This year's theme, Building a Sustainable Future, focuses on sharing best practices that can be applied by local governments, businesses and residents to improve the built environment in which we live.
- ME3 Program Protects Environment, Saves Businesses Money
SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
MORPC’s Materials + Economy + Energy + Environment (ME3) program is helping manufacturing companies in Central Ohio and beyond identify opportunities to save money and reduce their environmental footprint through discounted technical services.
- Commissioner Brown & Commissioner Stolte to Co-chair Sustainability Advisory Committee
SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
Central to its mission, MORPC has been focused on sustainability issues in coordination with its members and key stakeholders. MORPC recently formed a new Sustainability Advisory Committee among its top-level committee structure to address important regional issues related to environmental sustainability, including air quality, water quality, local food, trails, energy, materials use, growth, and planning for Central Ohio’s local governments and communities. ...read more
- MORPC seeks Public Input on TRAC Projects
AUGUST 25, 2014
MORPC is soliciting comments on four projects seeking funding from ODOT's Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC). The TRAC has accepted Major/New Project applications for their 2014 project selection round. Major/New Projects are transportation projects that have a total project cost greater than $12 million and which “add transportation capacity, and are critical to the mobility, economic development, and quality of life of the citizens of Ohio.” ...read more