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  • 2014 Gubernatorial Candidates invited to Share Platforms with State Leaders

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    AUGUST 7, 2014
    MORPC is sponsoring the Ohio Association of Regional Councils (OARC)'s 2014 Candidates' Forum Friday, August 22 at the Hilton Columbus at Easton. the 2014 Gubernatorial Candidates have been invited to share their platforms related to transportation, infrastructure, job creation and economic development to the state’s top political, business and civic leaders. ...read more

  • MORPC, Cities of Columbus, Marysville join Ohio & Indiana Cities to pursue Environmental Evaluation of Rail Corridor

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    AUGUST 7, 2014
    MORPC and the cities of Columbus and Marysville are ready for the next phase of due diligence to continue exploration of a proposed Columbus to Chicago High-Speed Passenger Rail Corridor. ...read more

  • MORPC to Survey Central Ohio Trail Users

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    JULY 25, 2014
    MORPC will begin surveying Central Ohio trail users to learn more about how people use and value multi-use trails in the region. The surveys will be conducted in-person from 7AM to 7PM at various locations along the Olentangy, Alum Creek, and Scioto trails July 28 through August 31. An online survey is also available. ...read more

  • Region sees All-Time Low in Bad Air Days

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    JULY 21, 2014
    Central Ohio is experiencing cleaner air this year – the region saw zero ozone pollution days this June for the first time in a decade. ...read more

  • Columbus Regional Energy Action Plan Now Available

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    JULY 14, 2014
    MORPC and the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) have released the first-of-its-kind Regional Energy Action Plan. Made possible through support by The Energy Foundation, the Regional Energy Action Plan provides an assessment of the economic, social, and policy realities related to the development and use of energy throughout the 12-county Columbus, Ohio region. The plan also identifies recommendations that may lead to a more prosperous regional economy and enriched environment. ...read more

  • Introducing insight2050

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    JULY 10, 2014
    Dramatic change is coming to Central Ohio in the next 40 years: our region is expected to grow by more than 500,000 people, 300,000 jobs, and 300,000 new housing units. Our households will be smaller, older, and more diverse. To help evaluate and prepare for the impacts of future growth and development, MORPC is partnering with the Columbus District Council of the Urban Land Institute and Columbus 2020 to sponsor an initiative called insight2050. ...read more

  • MORPC announces 2014 Summit on Sustainability and the Environment

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    JULY 1, 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. Join the conversation and learn how we can create more a more sustainable future. ...read more

  • MORPC announces new Director of Transportation Systems & Funding

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    JUNE 19, 2014
    MORPC is pleased to announce Thea J. Walsh as the new director of Transportation Systems and Funding starting July 7, 2014. Walsh’s responsibilities as the Transportation Study Director of the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) will include coordinating regional transportation planning goals, objectives, policies, priorities, and progress for the development and growth of public transportation systems and infrastructure for the region. ...read more

  • New Edition of Columbus Metro Bike Map Available

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    JUNE 16, 2014
    The fourth edition of the Columbus Metro Bike Map is now available online and at local bike shops and public libraries. The map features safety tips and a one-sided view of the regional map with a larger inset of the downtown/Ohio State University area. ...read more

  • MORPC Leaders address Regional Issues in DC

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    JUNE 11, 2014
    MORPC leaders joined members of the Columbus Partnership and other community leaders for a Washington, DC "Fly-In" to promote the region’s federal priorities with Ohio’s Congressional delegation and US Senators. ...read more

  • I-270/US 33 Interchange Project Plans Unveiled

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    MAY 28, 2014
    The City of Dublin, in partnership with MORPC, Union County, Columbus Partnership, Columbus 2020 and Columbus Chamber have submitted a TIGER VI grant proposal for $15 million to assist with construction of the I-270/US 33 Interchange Project slated to begin construction in February, 2015. A timetable of improvements for the project was announced today. ...read more 

  • Riverfest Activities Announced

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    MAY 27, 2014
    Riverfest On Tour! is a celebration of water, Ohio's greatest resource. The purpose of Riverfest is to educate the public about the vital role waterways play in the region. By interacting with waterways, people of all incomes and ages can develop a lifelong appreciation for this resource. ...read more

  • "Take Five for Clean Air" Campaign aims to improve Air Quality

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    MAY 19, 2014
    MORPC is announcing a new way for local governments, businesses, organizations and individuals to protect public health and reduce air pollution: the new Take Five for Clean Air campaign challenges individuals and organizations to choose five voluntary actions they can take to improve air quality in the region. ...read more

  • MORPC opposes Bill that will freeze Energy Efficiency Standards

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    MAY 12, 2014
    MORPC is opposing Senate Bill 310 (SB 310) as introduced due to the bill's attempt to freeze existing energy efficiency and advanced energy standards established through SB 221. ...read more

  • Central Ohio Organizations partner for Bike to Work Day

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    MAY 5, 2014
    MORPC will partner with car2go Columbus and Columbus Public Health to lead a route for Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 16. Downtown commuters are invited to participate in a group ride culminating in a celebration of alternative transportation at Columbus Commons hosted by the City of Columbus. ...read more

  • MORPC backs Issue 1 to extend Infrastructure Funding

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    APRIL 28, 2014
    On May 6, voters will be asked to authorize Issue 1. The proposed constitutional amendment will authorize up to $1.875 billion in bonds over 10 years for local community road, bridge, sewer, water and other infrastructure projects. ...read more

  • State of the Region Event celebrates Central Ohio

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    APRIL 17, 2014
    MORPC's 2014 State of the Region luncheon took place Thursday, April 17 at the Hilton Columbus Downtown. The sold-out event drew over 750 of the region and state’s top political, business and civic leaders to celebrate our community’s accomplishments and address challenges. ...read more

  • MORPC Announces New Officers

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    APRIL 16, 2014
    MORPC Board members have elected three new officers. Eric Phillips representing Marysville was elected Chair, Matt Greeson, Worthington City Manager was elected Vice Chair and Rory McGuiness, City of Columbus was elected Secretary. ...read more

  • Madison Township and SWACO join MORPC

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    APRIL 10, 2014
    In order to maintain a strong collaboration on regional issues, MORPC members continue to seek opportunities to grow the organization. Today Madison Township in Franklin County and the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO)'s applications for membership were approved by the MORPC Board. ...read more

  • 2014 State of the Region Award Nominees Announced

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    MARCH 25, 2014
    Community leaders who have made extraordinary efforts in contributing to the welfare of Central Ohioans will be honored at MORPC's State of the Region Luncheon on Thursday, April 17. ...read more

  • MORPC named one of 5 Nonprofits to Watch

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    MARCH 18, 2014
    MORPC has been named one of "5 Nonprofits to Watch" by The Columbus Foundation, debuting a new annual program to identify innovative nonprofits that are positioned to make a significant difference in the community. ...read more

  • MORPC Weatherization Efforts Recognized

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    MARCH 11, 2014
    MORPC has been recognized for its work with Columbia Gas of Ohio's WarmChoice® program, which received the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance 2014 Inspiring Energy Efficiency Impact Award. ...read more

  • MORPC backs New Data Bills

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    MARCH 10, 2014
    On February 25, Nancy Reger, MORPC’s Director of Regional Data & Mapping, testified before the House Shared Services and Government Efficiency Subcommittee in support of new data bills introduced by Representatives Mike Duffey and Christina Hagen. ...read more

  • MORPC keeps Close Watch on Air Quality

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    FEBRUARY 19, 2014
    MORPC carefully monitors pollution levels in Central Ohio and issues Air Quality Alerts when there is a potential for high pollution levels. Sign up now to receive free Air Quality Alerts. ...read more

  • ODOT Specialized Transportation Program Application Now Available

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    FEBRUARY 10, 2014
    The application is now available for ODOT's Specialized Transportation Program, authorized by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), 49 USC Section 5310. The FTA provides Federal funds for the purchase of equipment to support transportation services for the elderly and people with disabilities where existing transportation is unavailable, inappropriate, or insufficient. ...read more

  • MORPC Transportation Director Robert Lawler Retiring

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    JANUARY 30, 2014
    MORPC is announcing the retirement of Robert (Bob) E. Lawler, Director of Transportation effective March 31, 2014. Bob is a mainstay at MORPC beginning in 1978, and serving as Director of Transportation since 2003. ...read more

  • Study looks at Changing Demographics, Demand in Central Ohio

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    JANUARY 24, 2014
    The results of a new study indicate that the Columbus metropolitan area's housing market demand is shifting toward smart-growth development and moving away from traditional suburban sprawl development, due largely in part to changing demographics. ...read more

  • Draft Process for Allocation of MORPC–Attributable Transportation Funding Available

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    JANUARY 24, 2014
    Every two years MORPC seeks projects to use MORPC-attributable federal transportation funding. Approximately $33 million is available annually to be allocated to projects in the transportation planning area; Delaware and Franklin counties, Bloom and Violet townships in Fairfield County, and Pataskala and Etna Township in Licking County. ...read more

  • 2014 State of the Region Luncheon Announced

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    JANUARY 9, 2014
    MORPC's 2014 State of the Region Luncheon will take place Thursday, April 17 in Columbus. ...read more

  • MORPC Board adopts 2014 Public Policy Agenda

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    JANUARY 8, 2014
    This December MORPC members adopted the 2014 Public Policy Agenda, a framework that guides MORPC's advocacy of policies and opportunities that enhance the quality of life in Central Ohio and advance the region. ...read more

  • New Year, New Look

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    JANUARY 7, 2014
    Welcome to the new morpc.org ...read more

  • Ohio Public Works Commission awards over $29M to 11 Projects

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    DECEMBER 20, 2013
    This December, the Ohio Public Works Commission’s Public Works Integrating Committee awarded over $29 million to 11 District 3/Franklin County projects through the State Capital Improvements Program and the Local Transportation Improvements Program for Program Year 28 (2014) ...read more

  • Central Ohioans breathed Cleaner Air in 2013

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    DECEMBER 11, 2013
    October 31 marked the official end of ozone season in Central Ohio. Thanks in large part to a cooler summer, air quality during the 2013 summer season improved when compared to 2012 ...read more