Appalachian Ohio State of the Region conference open for registration

Free registration now open for fifth annual conference

May 5, 2016

This spring, statewide public officials, regional economic development personnel and representatives from other businesses and organizations have an opportunity to learn about the theme, “Exploring our Business Ecosystem,” in a series of panel discussions and presentations at the Fifth Annual Appalachian Ohio State of the Region Conference. The conference will take place at Ohio University Baker Center in Athens, Ohio on May 17, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

“This year’s State of the Region Conference focuses on the business ecosystem in Appalachian Ohio. The conference highlights capital and loan availability, worker training and regulatory relief available to businesses that underpin our economy and drive our economic growth,” Dr. Jason Jolley, assistant professor of economic development and Master of Public Administration director, said.

At the conference, Jolley will discuss filling talent gaps in the workforce, and a host of additional speakers will address topics including non-bank finance, meeting regulatory requirements, operational safety and much more. The conference will also provide an opportunity for networking across the public and private sectors and will feature a facilitated discussion about building on the region’s ‘entrepreneurial ecosystem.’

 “We are excited to highlight the suite of services available to businesses ranging from entrepreneurs to established companies in order to grow jobs and investment in our communities,” Jolley said.

Registration and parking are free, and a light luncheon will be provided; however, space is limited so participants should register as soon as possible.

The EDA University Center at the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs provides the event through the support of the U.S. Economic Development Administration.  To register, click here. For additional information, visit the conference webpage or contact Trenia Twyman at 740.597.1460 or twyman@ohio.edu.