MORPC Shares Region’s Priorities in Washington, DC
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
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.
“It is important to tell the story in Washington, D.C. about the opportunities and needs of Central Ohio’s communities,” said MORPC Executive Director William Murdock. “We are a fast growing region that collaborates and innovates. To continue our success, we need to be sharing ideas and working with our Congressional delegation to create federal policies that will foster economic prosperity and enhance quality of life.”
The MORPC delegates also attended the National Conference of Regions. It was an opportunity to hear from nationally recognized experts and members of President Obama’s administration about the latest developments in federal legislation and programs impacting regions.
Some of the major federal policy issues to be addressed this year include:
Passing a new federal transportation bill that addresses the transportation funding shortfall, advances the importance of the logistics industry, and recognizes the important role of metropolitan planning organizations like MORPC
Continuing to grow the economy
Preparing a skilled workforce for the jobs of today and the future
Planning for changing demographics and development patterns in communities
According to MORPC Director of Public & Government Affairs Laura Koprowski, “We learned how regions need to be proactive and how they are often the drivers of solutions for these issues. MORPC’s Board and Regional Policy Roundtable will be closely monitoring developments throughout the year and providing input that represents our member communities’ goals and interests.”