2019 Impact Ohio Southeast Regional Conference Planned for November 7

What: Impact Ohio has expanded beyond the well-known Post Election Conference with regional conferences. A regional conference will be held in Athens on Thursday, November 7.

At the 2019 Impact Ohio Southeast Regional Conference, key government officials, business leaders, and community members will gather to learn more about policy issues important to the region.

Attendees will hear first-hand from political analysts, government leaders, and policy experts about issues that affect their community.

The 2019 Impact Ohio Southeast Regional Conference is made possible by The Success Group, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, WOUB Public Media, the Ohio Democratic Party, and the Ohio Republican Party, in addition to support from a wide variety of business and community leaders.

When: Thursday, November 7

Time:  11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Where:  The Ohio University Inn & Conference Center, 331 Richland Avenue, Athens, OH 45701

Who: Sessions include:

Luncheon & Conference Welcome
Luncheon Address by Lt. Governor Jon Husted
Remarks from State Representative Jay Edwards
Priorities & Plans for Ohio’s Secretary of State Frank LaRose
Priorities & Plans for Ohio’s Treasurer of State Robert Sprague
Remarks from Ohio University’s President Dr. M. Duane Nellis
Exploring Infrastructure Needs in Southeast Ohio. Panelists include: Bret Allphin, Development Director, Buckeye Hills Regional Council; Jay Bennett, Public Service Director, City of Zanesville; Craig Butler, District Chief, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Southeast District; Stephanie Gilbert, Transportation Planning Coordinator, Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission. Moderator: Dr.
Jason Jolley, Professor and MPA Director, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.
Economic Opportunity and Elevating the Regional Economy. Panelists include: Matthew Hammond, Executive Vice President, Ohio Oil and Gas Association; Sharon Hopkins, Director, Ohio University Procurement Technical Assistance Centers; Mike Jacoby, President and CEO, Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth; Lydia Mihalik, Director, Ohio Development Services Agency. Moderator: Dr. Marsha Lewis, Associate Professor and Senior Associate Dean, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.
Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachian Ohio. Panelists include: Corrie Callaghan, Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement Director, Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare; Richard Hodges, Health Policy Executive in Residence, Ohio University; David Schenkelberg, Chief Clinical Officer, Hopewell Health Centers; Jennifer Westfall, Aging & Disability Director, Buckeye Hills Regional Council. Moderator: Thomas Hodson, Director & General Manager, WOUB Center for Public Media at Ohio University.

More information and a complete agenda are available at https://impactohio.org/2019southeast/.


Since its inception in 1984, Impact Ohio has offered informative conferences to explore elections, the outcomes of the political process, and policy choices facing Ohio and its communities.

Business, political, and community leaders recognize Impact Ohio as a valuable forum for policy discussion.

Impact Ohio is well-known for the Post Election Conference, held every two years immediately following the general election. The Post Election Conference offers the first post-election opportunity to hear directly from those who will shape Ohio’s policy and political agenda for the upcoming biennium.


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