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Opportunities for Rural Appalachian Ohio: A Policy Summit for Southeast Ohio

  • Buckeye Hills Regional Council 1400 Pike Street Marietta United States (map)
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Join us as we bring together federal, state, and local partners to expand and strengthen partnerships and learn more about existing programs and new initiatives that can be leveraged to move rural Appalachian Ohio forward.

The Policy summit will feature panel discussions with federal agency partners, state associations, and state agency partners.

Registration is $35 for the general public, which includes all summit materials, sessions, and lunch.

Members of the Buckeye Hills General Policy Council and/or Regional Advisory Council will receive a discounted rate, out of gratitude for their service to our organization. A discount code may be accessed by emailing

2019 Policy Summit Agenda

Times subject to change as guest panelists are confirmed.

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Check-in & Networking

9:30 a.m.

Opening Keynote

10:15 a.m.

Federal Partner Panel

Receive an update on challenges and opportunities faced throughout the 13-state Appalachian Region and results of research and data available for Rural Appalachian Ohio. Listen as federal agency partners who administer programs that BHRC communities access discuss new initiatives and programs, and learn about shifting federal priorities that will meet the needs of Rural Appalachian Ohio. Ask questions and receive direct feedback during this interactive discussion.

Federal Partners Invited:

  • Administration for Community Living

  • Appalachian Regional Commission

  • Economic Development Administration

  • Federal Highway Administration

  • Housing & Urban Development

  • National Association of Development Organizations

  • National Governors Association

  • National Telecommunications & Information Administration

  • United States Department of Agriculture - Rural Development

  • The White House Office of American Innovation

12:00 p.m.

Lunch & State Association Roundtable

The Ohio FY 2020-2021 Operating budget has passed and we’re almost 6 months into the budget year. Leaders from several state associations will highlight legislative priorities impacting Rural Appalachian Ohio and member Calls to Action.

State Associations Invited:

  • County Commissioners Association of Ohio

  • County Engineers Association of Ohio

  • Eastern Ohio Development Alliance

  • FOROhio

  • Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging

  • Ohio Association of Regional Councils

  • Ohio Economic Development Association

  • Ohio Mayors Alliance

  • Ohio Rural Development Alliance

2:00 p.m.

State Partner Panel

We are eleven months along in our partnership with the new administration. This discussion will highlight the common challenges and opportunities faced by communities throughout or region and provide an opportunity for our state partners to educate attendees on existing or new state policies or programs designed to positively impact Rural Appalachian Ohio.

State Partners Invited:

  • Governor’s Office of Appalachia

  • Ohio Department of Aging

  • Ohio Department of Agriculture

  • Ohio Department of Education

  • Ohio Department of Higher Education

  • Ohio Department of Job & Family Services

  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources

  • Ohio Department of Transportation

  • Ohio Development Services Agency

  • Ohio Environmental Protection Agency

  • Tourism Ohio

Title Sponsor

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Platinum Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

Earlier Event: November 1
Executive Committee Meeting
Later Event: December 6
Executive Committee Meeting