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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).

Conversations with the congressional delegation included issues and top priorities for MORPC’s local government members such as long-term sustainable transportation funding and investment in key infrastructure projects to prepare for the increase of 500,000 people and 300,000 jobs by 2050.

“Central Ohio is an innovative, fast growing region full of diverse communities and exciting opportunities,” said MORPC Executive Director William Murdock. “Sharing our communities’ stories with the region's congressional delegation in Washington is essential to demonstrating the need for federal policies and funding programs to support our growth and an increasing quality of life.”

The MORPC group also met with the U.S. Department of Transportation to discuss potential grant opportunities afforded under the recently enacted federal transportation bill, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

At the NARC conference, Murdock moderated a session on food systems policy. The session discussed the increase in food and agriculture issues arising in long range and sustainability plans and the intersection of food systems with land use, transportation, and environmental planning.

Other sessions covered issues including:

  • Embracing the desires of modern communities in planning regional economic development
  • Implementing the conveniences of information technology in local governments while avoiding technological threats
  • Energy efficiency and the increased use of renewable and alternative energy sources
  • The expected effects of transportation legislation such as the FAST Act or MAP-21

For more information on MORPC’s legislative activity and 2016 Public Policy Agenda, please visit our website.