2019 Regional Conference: Sessions & Speakers

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Our very first Regional Conference is being held on Friday, October 4th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Buckeye Hills Regional Council in Marietta, OH. This event will bring together community leaders, elected officials, practitioners and more to explore how the power of collaboration has – and will continue to – garner success for southeast Ohio.

From honing hard skills like facilitation and strategic planning to refining best practices in relationship building and community development, this regional conference will equip participants with both the skills and knowledge to work together for the betterment of our region. Speakers will share insight on a variety of topics, including the power of small business, increasing local economic impact, water quality and public health, workforce re-entry and the role of employers, renewable energy, and public art.

Sessions & Speakers:

  • OPENING KEYNOTE: WHY COLLABORATION IS IMPORTANT IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

    • Jeff Finkle, International Economic Development Council

  • SETTING THE STAGE: FACILITATING COLLABORATIVE WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

    • Maribeth Saleem-Tanner, McDonough Leadership Center, Marietta College

  • WORKFORCE RE-ENTRY & THE ROLE OF EMPLOYERS

    • Shawn Stover, Reentry Coordinator, Ohio Means Jobs - Athens County

  • COLLABORATION TO POSITIVELY IMPACT POPULATION HEALTH

    • Angela DeRolf, Perry County Health Department

  • BUILDING COMMUNITIES WITH STRATEGIC PLANNING

    • Jessie Powers, Athens County Planner

  • DEMYSTIFYING “HOW” COMMUNITIES & SMALL BUSINESS COLLABORATE

    • Perry Varnadoe, Meigs County Economic Development

  • SOLSMART: RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR SUSTAINABLE IMPACT

    • Mayor Steve Patterson, City of Athens & Sara Conley-Ballew, Rural Action

  • PLACEMAKING & STORYTELLING

    • Cristie Thomas, Marietta Main Street & Sarah Arnold, ClutchMOV

Drew Tanner