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OARC: Making Ohio Better, Region by Region.

The 2017-2018 Public Policy Agenda of the Ohio Association of Regional Councils is vital to the future of the over 10.5 million people we serve
through our 24 agencies across the state.

This strategic agenda is the collective voice and proactive framework we use to assertively advocate the issues, policies and interests we have directly to Governor Kasich, his administration and the elected officials in the Ohio Statehouse and US Capitol.

OARC is interested in developing innovative and responsive public policies and legislation that will ensure strong infrastructure, cultivate new public
and private sector relationships, create new jobs, enhance the quality of life, and secure a formidable presence for our state.


Specific areas where we can assist the Administration and Legislature include:

Regionalism

  • Promote state designation and recognition of metropolitanplanning organizations and their regional approach to transportation planningand funding in both policy and the Ohio Revised Code.
  • Promote state designation and recognition of regionaltransportation planning organizations and their regional approach totransportation planning and funding in both policy and the Ohio Revised Code.
  • Support state and federal policies and legislation thatrecognize and respect the grassroots priorities and projects of regionalcouncils throughout Ohio.
  • Support continued funding of programs such as the LocalGovernment Innovation and Efficiency Funds that provide resources to fostergreater collaboration and efficiencies among our local communities.
  • Meet regularly with our state and federal legislativedelegation and relevant state cabinet officials in an effort to inform andeducate them about the benefits of regionalism.

Transportation

  • Advocate for local funding options, such as a permissive increase in vehicle licensing fees, to provide local communities with a tool tomaintain their transportation infrastructure.
  • Seek additional current revenue and long-term fundingmechanisms for transportation at local, state and federal levels.
  • Advocate for legislation and policies that improvetransportation safety for all users.
  • Promote a transportation system that encompasses a broadspectrum of fully integrated, technically-advanced options including: cars;freight by air, rail, truck and ship; buses; light rail; rideshare; biking;walking; aviation; and passenger rail.
  • Continue support for and innovation in the regionaltransportation planning organization (RTPO) program.
  • Advocate for maintaining capital funding for metropolitanplanning organizations (MPOs) while developing new and innovative sources ofcapital funding for both MPOs and RTPOs.
  • Lead discussions and participate in state and federaltransportation bills.
  • Advocate for implementation of policies and program changesto support the findings and recommendations of the ODOT Transit Study.
  • Work with our congressional delegation and others to createthe Regional Infrastructure Improvement Zones as one federal funding solution.
  • Collaborate with state and national partners to increaseeducation and awareness of pedestrian and bicycle safety.
  • Support the development and implementation of infrastructureand deployment strategies for alternative fuels.
  • Support continued transportation planning activities,partnerships, and project funding scenarios for rural Ohio.
  • Advocate for policies and support efforts that incorporatedata, smart transportation system technologies -- including connected vehicletechnologies -- and other related efforts.

Environment

  • Advocate for the restoration and protection of Ohio waterresources.
  • Pursue air quality attainment in Ohio with our state andfederal partners. Support legislation and public policy that is innovative,reduces emissions, protects public health, and leads to a strong economy.
  • Support efforts to continue the Clean Ohio Fund, a statewideprogram that provides grant funding for preserving green space and farmland,improving outdoor recreation, and cleaning up brownfields to encourageredevelopment and revitalize communities.
  • Promote changes in state law to modernize land-useregulations and planning tools as a way to promote sustainable development andstrategic reinvestment; preserve sensitive natural areas; and reduce energyconsumption.
  • Support comprehensive water quality planning performed atthe regional level, especially through continuation of the partnership betweenAreawide Planning Agencies and Ohio EPA for effective, efficient, andintegrated wastewater planning.
  • Support appropriations and policies that clean upbrownfields to encourage redevelopment and revitalize communities.

Economic Development

  • Support continued development of Ohio's ports includingintermodal facilities, rail, inland ports, and other freight investments andstate support for freight initiatives.
  • Advocate for policies and funding to improve workforce transportationoptions.
  • Support regional economic development strategies at thestate and federal levels.
  • Encourage the state to focus on regional programs andpolicies that attract new quality jobs and investments to regions.
  • Support the continued efforts of the federal AppalachianRegional Commission and the State of Ohio's Governor's Office of Appalachia tofund applicable economic development activities and projects in Ohio countiesdesignated as part of Appalachia.

For more information regarding OARC Advocacy positions, please contact Kevin Futryk.