insight2050 Academy Welcomes New Class

The insight2050 Academy welcomed a new class of 23 public officials representing local governments and agencies from across Central Ohio. Participants in this six-part workshop series will acquire information, tools and resources to assist them and their communities as Central Ohio experiences growth and demographic changes.

MORPC Executive Director William Murdock welcomed the class at its March 3rd kick-off at the newly renovated Main Library branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library.  Murdock was joined by ULI Columbus Chair and City of Dublin Director of Strategic Initiatives Terry Foegler to present an overview of the insight2050 analysis.

“The Academy provides community leaders with the necessary information and tools to prepare their community for growth,” Murdock said. “Adding more than a half million people to Central Ohio presents a big opportunity for communities to leverage growth to improve our quality of life, preserve and create a better environment, and drive the economy.”

Providing a closer look at the demographic trends shaping our region, Rob Vogt of Vogt Strategic Insights advised decision-makers to embrace the market preferences among Baby Boomers and Millennials alike for more walkable, bicycle-friendly communities, adding, “biking is the new golfing.” Rounding out the discussion was Michael Bongiorno of DesignGroup, who encouraged the audience to harness the unique assets in their communities to create a distinct sense of place.

Future workshops in the insight2050 Academy series will focus on public outreach, comprehensive planning, real estate development, and creative financing, culminating in a graduation reception on May 12th.


MORPC Invited to Share Insight at FHWA Workshop

MORPC staff recently shared insight2050 data at an Ohio Division of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) workshop. The analysis focused  on scenario modeling and planning.

The workshop, held in Dayton, was led by FHWA and attended by Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) staff from across the state. In addition to sharing the agency’s experiences with scenario modeling as a best practice,  staff  gained valuable information about tools and resources made available through FHWA to assist MPO’s in providing scenario planning services for their local government members.

“The workshop was a great opportunity to exchange information and best practices with our peers, ” said Jennifer Noll, a Senior Planner at MORPC. “Our peers look to MORPC as an example of how scenario models like insight2050 provide data-rich information that  members can use to prepare for future growth in their communities.”