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About MORPC

Mission: The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) will be the regional voice and a catalyst for sustainability and economic prosperity in order to secure a competitive advantage for central Ohio.

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is a voluntary association of central Ohio governments which envisions and embraces innovative directions in transportation, energy, housing, land use, the environment and economic prosperity. Our transformative programming and innovative public policy are evident throughout the 12 counties we serve. MORPC Board members represent local governments (cities, villages, counties, and townships) in the 12-county area of Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, Ross and Union Counties. For more information about our organization, please visit the MORPC website.

MORPC is the facilitator of the Balanced Growth Planning Process, which brings communities in a watershed together to plan for land uses that protect areas requiring conservation while encouraging cost-effective development to accommodate future growth. MORPC will work with each watershed planning partnership to determine the unique role it will play in the watershed's Balanced Growth Planning Process. MORPC provides administrative and technical services to the partnership communities as they work together to craft their Balanced Growth Plans.

MORPC Balanced Growth Planning Staff

Jerry Tinianow, Director, Center for Energy and Environment

Jerry was born in Springfield, grew up in the Cleveland area, and has lived in Columbus for the past 20 years.  He received his undergraduate and law degrees from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.  He directs MORPC's Center for Energy and Environment, which operates programs in a variety of areas, including energy, clean air, clean water, greenways, local food systems, materials management and sustainable growth.  He organized MORPC's balanced growth planning program and is supervising the balanced growth planning team.  Prior to coming to MORPC, Jerry was a commercial trial attorney for over 20 years.  He also served as the state director in Ohio of the National Audubon Society and was the developer of the award-winning Grange Insurance Audubon Center, the nation's most urban nature education facility.

Erin Grushon, Associate Planner

Erin is originally from Bellbrook, Ohio (near Dayton) and holds an undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University with a double major in English and International Studies. In 2007, she completed a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. While in Portland, Erin interned with both the Portland Development Commission and the City of Portland's Bureau of Planning. She worked with a team of planners at the Bureau of Planning to develop a series of Commercial Corridor Retail Market Analysis reports. After finishing graduate school, Erin returned to Ohio and spent two years managing the Home Repair Program at the Economic & Community Development Institute, a Columbus based non-profit organization, before coming to work at MORPC.