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.
Familiar faces gathered in the room such as Pataskala Mayor Mike Compton, Whitehall Mayor Kim Maggard, and Hilliard Mayor Don Schonhardt. Many were eager to learn of the challenges we face as a region, but more importantly the opportunities that come along with growth. There also was a new face in the room, who was preparing to speak at the forum -- Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther.
“It is our responsibility, personally and collectively, to give of ourselves in service,” Ginther said. “Working together, we will seize this opportunity to create the largest and strongest middle class in America.”
With the expected increase in growth, MORPC seeks to assist our member communities in successfully attracting and retaining residents and businesses. The insight2050 project, in which MORPC is a partner along with ULI Columbus and Columbus 2020, is helping us look at critical needs to prepare the region for the arrival of nearly a half million people by 2050.
“We are especially proud that our membership includes 20 cities in the Central Ohio Region,” said MORPC’s Executive Director, William Murdock. “The great collaboration among all our region's cities is a key driver of our prosperity.”
Later in the forum, Chris Schirer, from Madison + Fifth moderated a group of panelists. The informative discussion centered on how cities can work cooperatively, prepare for growth, and learn new strategies on how to engage with residents. The panelists were:
- Tijs Van Maasakkers, Ph.D.
OSU Knowlton School-City and Regional Planning
- Cheryl Pentella
- Jamie Greene, AIA & AICP
planning NEXT, Principal