This week, The Columbus Dispatch published a three-part series of reports on Central Ohio’s wage divide. The reports highlighted challenges faced by a growing number of residents in our region, including access to transportation, affordable housing, and steady, livable wages. With Central Ohio’s population poised to grow by up to one million people over the next 30 years, how can we ensure a growing socioeconomic divide is not the inevitable outcome? What is our region’s purpose in addressing these issues?

It is clear these issues are on the minds of many in Central Ohio. On March 16, MORPC and partner NBBJ convened 100 bold leaders to debate these very questions at the first-ever Purpose Region workshop (the workshop was not coordinated with the Dispatch’s reporting). Representing public agencies and private companies from across Central Ohio, Purpose Region attendees contributed a full day of energy and effort toward confronting the challenges of housing affordability, workforce development, health and wellbeing, and environmental sustainability. Each group identified critical challenges within their focus area and recommended actionable next steps for Central Ohio’s leaders to consider. Outcomes from the Purpose Region workshop will be shared on April 20 at MORPC’s State of the Region address and in a soon-to-be-released report from NBBJ.

Related Reading:  Franklin County Now Most Populous in Ohio, The Columbus Dispatch, March 23, 2017

For more information on the State of the Region address, please visit MORPC online.