Registration for the Fall 2018 insight2050 Academy has been extended to at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19.

The six-session course will include presentations and walking tours in Newark, Marysville, and Grove City. The academy will give city, township, and county elected and appointed officials a chance to see first-hand how some of their counterparts are preparing their communities for change.

The academy kicks off on Friday, September 21, at 9:30 a.m. and continues each Friday morning through October 26. It is targeted at representatives of 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 19. Scholarships are available.

Here is a detailed schedule:

September 21

9:30 a.m. at Meeting Room 3 in the Parsons branch of Columbus Metropolitan Library, 1113 Parsons Ave, Columbus. William Murdock, executive director of MORPC, and Terry Foegler, Dublin’s director of strategic initiatives, will provide insight2050 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 — such as a downtown stormwater-overflow project that includes rain gardens, traffic roundabouts, pedestrian safety, beautification, and economic development.

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. Speakers include Alison Goebel, director of the Greater Ohio Policy Center, Leah Evans of Homeport, and Jeff Harris, director of the Area Development Foundation in Mount Vernon.

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. The event will include a visit to the food-grade soy facility at Honda that prepares Ohio soybeans for shipment to Japanese markets and culminate with lunch provided on one of the county’s many covered bridges.

October 19

9:30 a.m. in Grove City. Zoning 101: Planning director Kim Shields and Justin Goodwin, an associate at MKSK, will discuss how zoning can both encourage growth and strengthen quality of life in the coming years. Mayor Ike Stage will lead a walking tour of downtown highlights.

October 26

9:30 a.m. at MORPC. Marie Keister of MurphyEpson and Engage Public Affairs, and Chris Hermann of MKSK, will share insights on how to engage communities in planning for change and growth. That session also will include recognition of academy graduates and certificates of completion.


For more information and to download an application for the academy, please go to