Public officials who register for the Fall 2018 insight2050 Academy will have a chance to see first-hand how some of their counterparts are preparing their communities for change. That’s because the six-session course will include presentations and walking tours in Newark, Marysville, and Grove City.

The Academy kicks off on Friday, September 21, at 9:30 a.m. and continues each Friday morning through October 26. It is aimed at elected and appointed officials of Central Ohio communities and will focus on challenges faced by primarily smaller and rural communities in the region. The cost is $100 ($25 for members of the MORPC Board of Commissioners) and applications will be accepted through September 17. Scholarships are available.

Here is the preliminary schedule:

September 21

9:30 a.m. at MORPC. Insight2050 overview, background, and data, and what they mean for communities in and around Franklin County.

September 28

9:30 a.m. in Newark. Presentation by Mayor Jeff Hall on downtown and neighborhood revitalization followed by a walking tour of some highlights.

October 5

9:30 a.m. at MORPC. Development strategies for a growing region, with particular attention to smaller communities and the general need for affordable, workforce, and “missing Middle” housing.

October 12

9:30 a.m. in Marysville. Union County hosts a discussion of ways to balance housing and job growth with farmland, open space, parks, and amenities.

October 19

9:30 a.m. in Grove City. Zoning 101: Presentation by Mayor Ike Stage and discussion of how zoning can help a community prepare for change and growth, with a tour of local highlights.

October 26

9:30 a.m. at MORPC. The importance of community engagement in preparing a community for the next generations of residents.

The final session on October 26 also will include recognition of Academy graduates and certificates of completion.

For more information and to download an application for the Academy in the coming weeks, please go to