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  • Central Ohio Organizations Partner For National Bike Month

    Bike to Work

    April 28, 2015

    May is National Bike Month. To celebrate and to encourage more people to ride their bikes, many communities and organizations around Central Ohio are hosting events throughout the month.

    The largest event of National Bike Month is Bike to Work Day, which will be on Friday, May 15. MORPC will partner with Car2go to lead two routes. Rain or shine, commuters are invited to participate in a number of established group rides, culminating in a celebration of alternative transportation at Columbus Commons hosted by the City of Columbus. Anyone interested and able to ride their bike to work that day is encouraged to do so, wherever they live or work.

  • Volunteers Needed for MORPC's 2015 Spring Bike and Pedestrian Counts

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    APRIL 20, 2015

    The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is seeking volunteers to assist with bicycle and pedestrian counts throughout selected locations in central Ohio on Wednesday, May 13 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. MORPC encourages any community which is interested in conducting their own counts to do so during the same time frame.

  • Join The Conversation!

    APRIL 7, 2015

    Three transformative plans are underway to develop the best transportation system in the world! Become a part of the transportation conversation. We want to understand your aspirations and priorities for our community. Give us your thoughts, your vision, your ideas on how to make the transportation system for Central Ohio the best.

  • MORPC State of the Region Event Honors Community Leaders

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    APRIL 2, 2015

    Community leaders who made extraordinary efforts in contributing to the welfare of Central Ohioans were honored by the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) at the State of the Region Luncheon held April 2, 2015 at the Hilton Columbus Downtown. 

  • How 2040 Land Use will Drive Transportation

    Land Use

    March 18, 2015

    Transportation and land use are interdependent. The transportation system provides a way for people and goods to move, and the development patterns determine the paths they take. As a consequence, projecting future land use, and the number and location of people and jobs helps determine potential deficiencies in the transportation system.

  • TRAC Update: Central Ohio Projects Receive Funding

    TRAC Update: Central Ohio Projects Receive Funding

    March 18, 2015

    The Transportation Review Advisory Council (TRAC) voted on the final list of projects to be funded through the 2014 funding cycle. The following MORPC area projects are on the 2015-2018 final TRAC list with construction funding.

     

  • Is Roadway Construction Scheduled for your Community

    TIP Construction

    April 7, 2015

    Every two years MORPC completes an update of its Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The TIP is a four-year program of projects and strategies to improve Central Ohio’s transportation system. The update describes how the region will use transportation funds in state fiscal years 2016 through 2019.

  • Cyber Security Forum

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

    Worthington City Event

    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

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    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

    State of the Region

    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

    State of the Region Awards

    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

    Finance

    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

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    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

    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

    Air Quality

    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

    Transportation

    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

    State of the Region Awards

    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

    MORPC

    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

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    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

    2016-2040 MTP

    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

    Road

    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

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    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

    Regional Crash Fact Sheet

    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

    Weatherization Showcase

    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

    Neighborhood

    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

    2014 Green Region Awards

    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

    Population Estimates

    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

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    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

    Trick-or-Treat

    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

    Summit

    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

    Take Five for 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