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Third annual Appalachian State of the Region Conference begins May 20

Event brings together industry leaders to discuss economy in Southeastern Ohio

Members of the community will have a unique opportunity to learn about the manufacturing sector in Southeastern Ohio during the third annual Appalachian State of the Region Conference hosted by the Voinovich School on May 20 on Ohio University’s Athens Campus.

The day-long conference inside Walter Hall Rotunda will address the region’s current manufacturing status and bring together national leaders and industry experts to discuss recent trends, developments and highlight opportunities.

Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth President and CEO John Molinaro will be one of many presenters during the day-long event.

“Appalachian Ohio is seeing a strong resurgence of manufacturing. APEG’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership is pleased to sponsor sessions during the conference that explore why this is happening and highlight steps companies are taking to capitalize on these new opportunities,” Molinaro said.

Discussion about the manufacturing study, as well as a study about the state of the Appalachian region, will take place among industry leaders throughout Southeastern Ohio. Regional manufacturers will speak about the challenges and successes facing their industries, and experts will discuss ways to enhance the economic development of the region. Visitors also will tour the Innovation Center to view the new 3-D printer.

The event is part of the Voinovich School’s U.S. Economic Development Administration’s University Center activities and is sponsored by the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth and the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership. Local Development Districts, local governments and area businesses also are strong partners in planning and participating in the program.

Video highlights of the 2013 conference are available by visiting

To register for the Appalachian State of the Region Conference, please visit