19th Metro Park to Open in time for Summer Season
April 28, 2016
Just in time for the summer season, Metro Parks is opening its 19th park in Central Ohio. Join us on May 6, at 10 a.m. for the grand opening of the Scioto Grove Metro Park.
Central Ohio Organizations Celebrate National Bike Month on Two Wheels
April 26, 2015
May is National Bike Month. To celebrate and encourage more people to ride their bikes, many communities and organizations around Central Ohio are hosting events throughout the month.
Volunteers Needed for MORPC’s Spring Bicycle and Pedestrian Count
April 25, 2016
MORPC is seeking volunteers to assist with bicycle and pedestrian counts throughout selected locations in Central Ohio on Wednesday, May 18 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
MORPC Issues First Air Quality Alert of 2016 Season
April 18, 2016
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is issuing an Air Quality Alert for Monday, April 18. The region -- Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, Madison and Licking counties – is likely to experience ground-level ozone pollution levels that are Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups on the national Air Quality Index (AQI) scale. Today’s AQI is forecasted to be 105.
Last Chance to Register for 2016 State of the Region Luncheon
April 13, 2016
Over 700 Central Ohio leaders are already registered for the 2016 State of the Region Luncheon and only a limited number of individual and table tickets are still available. MORPC's signature annual event will take place on Friday, May 6 at the Hilton Downtown Columbus.
MORPC Issues First Air Quality Alert of Season
April 18, 2016
The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is issuing an Air Quality Alert for Monday, April 18. The region -- Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin, Knox, Madison and Licking counties – is likely to experience ground-level ozone pollutionlevels that are Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups on the national Air Quality Index (AQI) scale. Today’s AQI is forecasted to be 105.
MORPC Hosts Informative Safe Routes to School National Conference
April 13, 2016
Bicycle and pedestrian safety experts, community leaders and health professionals from around the country met in Columbus for the 5th Safe Routes to School National Conference. MORPC, had the privilege of hosting the informative three day conference from April 5-7, 2016.
MORPC and City of Columbus Kick Off Age-Friendly Initiative
March 24, 2016
Central Ohio’s population of 65 years or older is expected to double over the next 35 years. In order to ensure that individuals of all ages can remain in their neighborhoods and live a high quality of life, the City of Columbus and MORPC have announced the creation of Age-Friendly Columbus.
Columbus Named Finalist for Smart Cities Grant
March 24, 2016
Columbus has been named one of the top seven finalists among medium-sized cities from across the country in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Smart Cities Challenge.
New Energy Tool Available for Central Ohio Property Owners
March 24, 2016
With the formation of an Energy Special Improvement District (E-SID), property owners in Central Ohio can now take advantage of a new tool that offers both economic and environmental benefits.
MORPC Seeking Public Input at Metropolitan Transportation Plan Open House
March 9, 2016
As MORPC plans for the future of transportation in Central Ohio, it’s important to us that the public has a chance to review our plans and offer comments. After all, area residents ought to have the opportunity to decide whether to bike or drive to work, where they can quickly pick up that last-minute item they forgot to purchase, or how to respond to demographic and lifestyle changes in the region – including nearly 330,000 new residents by 2040.
Get Active and Educated at the Safe Routes to School National Conference
March 9, 2016
Looking forward to spring? Get active and educated at the 5th Safe Routes to School National Conference, by participating in one of the many interactive workshops at the conference.
Advisory Board Instrumental in Preserving Affordable Housing in Franklin County
March 9, 2016
With so much economic and demographic growth occurring in the region, we shouldn’t forget the important work of maintaining affordable rental housing for residents.
MORPC supports the development of housing policies that support lifelong communities, as well as incentives and policies that encourage redevelopment in Central Ohio’s neighborhoods.
MORPC Shares Community Stories with Congressional Leaders in Washington
February 25, 2016
MORPC’s board and staff leadership travelled to Washington, D.C. recently to discuss MORPC’s 2016 Public Policy Agenda with the Central Ohio Congressional delegation, and to attend the conference of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC).
State Leaders Urged to Consider Optional License Fee Increase
February 24, 2016
MORPC’s local government members are often faced with the question of how roadways and infrastructure can be better funded while their budgets are being constrained. Having every financial tool available at their disposal is essential, and that’s why MORPC raised the subject of license plate fees at a recent Statehouse hearing.
Join Us at the 5th Safe Routes to School National Conference
February 22, 2016
Join a wide range of practitioners in Columbus for the 5th Safe Routes to School National Conference on April 5-7. It doesn’t matter if you are an expert or an amateur, if you have an interest in improving the connectivity and safety of bikers and walkers, this three-day conference is for you!
Mayors Meet at MORPC
February 11, 2016
As a regional planning commission, MORPC seeks to bring together collaborators to solve complex problems in Central Ohio. It was in that spirit that MORPC hosted a forum focused on how local cities can better connect and collectively implement strategies for the betterment of our growing region.
Bernice Cage Receives 2016 Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award
February 9, 2016
Bernice Cage, MORPC's Senior Public Information and Diversity Officer, won the 2016 Rosa Parks Diversity Leadership Award at the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Columbus Chapter Annual Dinner.
Join us at the 2016 State of the Region Luncheon
February 9, 2016
Join us at one of Central Ohio's most significant events of the year. The 2016 State of the Region luncheon, MORPC's signature annual luncheon, will take place on Friday, May 6 at the Hilton Downtown Columbus.
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.