2017 Impact Ohio Akron Conference

Thursday, October 26
8:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Quaker Station at the University of Akron

In 2017, Impact Ohio held its first regional conferences. At the Impact Ohio 2017 Akron Conference, key government officials, business leaders, and community members discussed issues important to the city.

At the conference, attendees heard first-hand from government leaders, political analysts, pundits, and policy experts on issues that affect their community.

8:00 AM - 8:30 AMRegistration, Continental Breakfast & Networking
8:30 AM - 8:45 AMConference Welcome
8:45 AM - 9:45 AMObservations from the Fourth Estate

Moderator

Panelists

  • Michael Douglas, Editorial Page Editor, Akron Beacon Journal
  • Ed Esposito, Vice President, Information Media for the Rubber City Radio Group, WAKR Radio Akron
  • Doug Livingston, Reporter, Akron Beacon Journal
  • M.L. Schultze, Digital Editor, Reporter/Producer, WKSU Public Radio, Kent
9:45 AM - 10:00 AMCoffee Break
10:00 AM - 11:00 AMOpiates: New Solutions for Attacking the Epidemic

Moderator

Panelists

  • Jerry Craig, Executive Director, County of Summit ADM Board
  • Lori Criss, Chief Executive Officer, The Ohio Council of Behavioral Health & Family Services Providers
  • Representative Ryan Smith, Chair, Ohio House Finance Committee
  • Representative Emilia Sykes, Member of Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee and Ranking Member of House Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
11:00 AM - 12:00 PMEmerging Smart Cities & Opportunities for the Region

Moderator

  • Kyle Kutuchief, Community and National Initiatives Program Director, Knight Foundation

Panelists

12:15 PM - 1:30 PMKeynote Luncheon: Political Insight

Remarks from Senate President Larry Obhof

Luncheon Address: Political Insight

Moderator

  • Dr. John Green, Department Chair, The University of Akron Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics

Panelists

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