Appalachian Ohio State of the Region conference open for registration

Austin Ambrose
May 3, 2017

The Sixth Annual Appalachian Ohio State of the Region Conference will gather public officials, regional economic development personnel and representatives from businesses and organizations to discuss “A New Era in Economic Resiliency.” The conference will take place 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. May 23, 2017, at Baker University Center on the campus of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.

“There are a lot of changes happening with the major industries that impact our region,” Michael Finney, chief financial and administrative officer at the Voinovich School, said. “The U.S. economy is improving and we would like to explore how the changes in the economy and business climate are impacting these industries.”

At the conference, nearly two dozen speakers will address topics including changes in the economy, regulations and the workforce, international competition, and more. The discussions will explore how these may affect the region in the near future and illustrate how the industries in the region are connected.

“These industries are key to our regional economy,” Finney said. “How the industries will grow or change over the next few years will be a very interesting discussion.”

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 event is sponsored by the EDA University Center at the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs through the support of the U.S. Economic Development Administration.  To register, click here. For additional information, visit the conference webpage or contact Gilbert Michaud at 740.597.9085 or michaudg@ohio.edu.