The Spring 2018 insight2050 Academy sent 22 more practitioners out to guide the region’s growth armed with greater knowledge and understanding.

Class members received their certificates March 23 after a four-session Academy jointly organized by MORPC and the Knowlton School of Architecture Alumni Society and held at OSU’s Longaberger Alumni House.

It was the fourth Academy since the program started in fall 2016 – and the first to include a workshop in which participants broke into teams and tried to address real-world challenges faced by two central Ohio communities. Dennis Brandon and Autumn Glover, of the KSA Alumni Society, wanted this Academy to be aimed at development and design practitioners and to include the team-based projects.

One of the communities examined by Academy design teams was the Village of Lockbourne. Mayor Christie Ward (along with Village Administrator Jane McJunkin and assistant Rachel Crumley) appreciated the suggestions on how the village can build on its agricultural and canal era heritage, as well as the future of the nearby Rickenbacker logistics park.

Leah Evans of Homeport, representing the East Side PACT neighborhoods – the other selected community – noted that one of the teams looking at PACT focused on walking, biking, driving, and transit connectivity among the neighborhoods, while the other focused on the past and future assets and how to strengthen local business.

The initial session, on March 3, featured an overview of regional growth and demographic projections by MORPC Executive Director William Murdock; Dublin Director of Strategic Initiatives Terry Foegler; and Ken Danter, founder of the real estate analysis firm Danter Co. The discussion was moderated by Jay Smith. A week later, Grove City Community Development Manager Kimberly Shields and Columbus architect Jonathan Barnes offered a view on the ground. Shields outlined the new GroveCity2050 plan, and Barnes discussed such varied topics as development challenges and the need for affordable housing.

The workshop session was March 16. In the final session, on March 23, Ward and Evans returned to show team members how their workshop might help shape the growth of Lockbourne and the PACT area. Murdock presented each participant with a certificate of achievement for completing the Academy, before joining a group discussion that synthesized and distilled the lessons learned in the Academy.

The graduates were:

  • Philip Ashear, Franklin County Development & Planning
  • Stacie Baker, Reynoldsburg City Council member
  • Kristin Bryant, Reynoldsburg City Council member
  • Fritz Crossler, Franklin County Engineer’s office
  • Rebecca Eddy, Homeport
  • Shannon Fergus, Fergus Consulting
  • Brad Fisher, Franklin County Development & Planning
  • Brad Foster, Franklin County Engineer’s office
  • John Gallagher, Carpenter Marty Transportation
  • Kerry Gerich, EDGE
  • Justin Goodwin, MKSK
  • Megan Hurley, Columbus Partnership
  • Andrea Lossick, Franklin County Engineer’s office
  • Carla Marable, Franklin County Engineer’s office
  • Holly Mattei, Violet Township
  • Mike Meeks, Franklin County Engineer’s office
  • Drew Merrill, Urban Decision Group
  • Timothy Schacht, OHM Advisors
  • Michael Schwartz, Columbus Partnership
  • Shiloh Todorov, German Village Society
  • Shannon Tolliver, White Castle/Upper Arlington
  • Melissa Wilde, Violet Township