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The Team
Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH
President and CEO
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Jennifer Peterson
Chief Operating Officer
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Melissa Sever
Chief of Staff
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Jon Tolbert
Creative Director
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The Board
Dr. Amy Acton, MD, MPH
RAPID 5
President and CEO
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Keith Myers
Principal, Keith Myers Studio
Board Chair
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Tom Katzenmeyer
President & CEO, Greater Columbus Arts Council
Board Vice Chair
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Mark Wagenbrenner
President, Thrive Companies
Board Secretary
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Kerstin Carr, PhD
Chief Regional Strategy Officer, MORPC
Board Treasurer
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Dr. Frederic Bertley
COSI
President and CEO
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Michael Bongiorno
AECOM
Vice President
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Michael Corey
Human Service Chamber of Franklin County
Executive Director
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Dr. Melanie Corn
Columbus College of Art and Design
President
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Greg Davies
Columbus Downtown Development Corp.
CEO
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Brian Ellis
Nationwide Realty Investors
President and COO
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Jonathan Kass
Continental Real Estate Companies
President of Development
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Tim Moloney
Columbus and Franklin County Metro Parks
Executive Director
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Bill Stanley
The Nature Conservancy in Ohio
Director
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Dr. Andy Thomas
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Wolfe Foundation Chief Clinical Officer
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Janica Pierce Tucker
Taft Columbus
Partner-in Charge
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Hannah Wexner
Blocktrain
Founder
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FAQ

What is RAPID 5?

RAPID 5 is an evolving vision for how central Ohio can grow by connecting us with nature and one another like never before. It is a resource for engaging and empowering communities and individuals to help realize the vision of a future connected with nature.

Who is behind RAPID 5?

The vision started with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Columbus and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) inviting Neighborhood Design Center and five local design firms to gather community input and imagine possibilities for making the region’s unique natural assets a centerpiece for central Ohio’s growth and wellbeing. The five design firms are REALM Collaborative, NBBJ, MKSK, AECOM and EDGE.

Thank you to the 2021 RAPID 5 Project Management Committee:

  • Steve Bollinger
  • Kerstin Carr
  • Alicia Gaston
  • Tatiana Parfenova
  • Erin Prosser
  • Tim Moloney
  • William Murdock
  • Keith Myers, Chair
  • Michael Simpson
  • Mark Wagenbrenner

Why is RAPID 5 important?

As central Ohio is on track to become a region of 3 million people by 2050, there is a unique and urgent opportunity to ensure that growth includes plans to preserve and expand people’s access to nature. Connecting people with nature and one another benefits their wellbeing, promotes social equity, spurs environmental stewardship, increases mobility and enhances economic vitality.

What is the meaning of the name RAPID 5?

RAPID 5 is an acronym for Rivers and Parks Imagination Design. The “5” refers to the five major waterways running north-south and equally distributed through Franklin County – Big Darby Creek, Scioto River, Olentangy River, Alum Creek, Big Walnut Creek.

When and how did the vision for RAPID 5 come about?

Over the past decade ULI Columbus and MORPC have convened conversations regarding how and where the region grows with efforts like insight2050 and insight2050 Corridor Concepts. Both organizations were also separately focused on connections between natural resources and wellbeing – ULI through the Building Healthy Places initiative begun in 2013 and MORPC with its 2015 Central Ohio Greenways plan.

RAPID 5 is not a standalone initiative, but one of several major regional initiatives.  The region is at the cusp of transformation with efforts like LinkUs, Central Ohio Greenways, Regional Housing Strategy, and many more.  Together these efforts will be transformative to the region.

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