Regional Governance Reform
GOPC has launched a statewide “regional governance initiative” to advance regional economic growth and build a coalition of local officials from around the state to reform local governance structures. This initiative is intended to link new governance structures with land use planning to make our regions more economically competitive. Our innovative approach to regionalism provides the connective tissue to which regions from around the state can hitch their region-based needs and strategies. In order to advance governance reform, this initiative blends legislative advocacy, public education, and technical assistance. We work with regional partners, such as in Northeast and Southwest Ohio, to knit together novel approaches to regional growth tailored to their areas; while at the state level, we develop and advance legislation to promote regionalism, such as permissive city-county merger legislation.