Impact Ohio Coming to Dayton

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November 6, 2017

Impact Ohio Conference Coming to Dayton to Talk Policy and Politics

Columbus, OH–Impact Ohio will hold a regional conference in Dayton on Thursday, November 9 at Sinclair Community College from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The luncheon address will feature a moderated discussion with David Pepper, Chairman of the Ohio Democratic Party and Matt Carle, President of Cornerstone Consulting.

The conference, a partnership effort between The Success Group, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Dayton Daily News, will offer a special opportunity to explore policy and politics important to the Dayton region.

“We expect to have an engaging dialogue on a variety of topics, and we look forward to having Dayton-area business and community leaders gather at the conference to network and gain new insight into policy issues facing the community,” said Jennifer Flatter, CEO of Impact Ohio.

The conference agenda includes political and policy discussions featuring government leaders, political analysts, pundits, and policy experts.

Chris Kershner, Executive Vice President of the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, sees the Impact Ohio Dayton Regional Conference as a great opportunity for the region to hear from important policymakers and leaders.

“This is a unique opportunity to hear directly from state and local policymakers and politicos,” Kershner said. “We’re looking forward to a thoughtful and informative conversation between some of the state’s most influential leaders and policymakers.”

In addition to the luncheon session with Pepper and Carle, the conference will feature three round table discussions with thought leaders in their respective fields.

Local media personalities will consider the current political climate in “Observations from the Fourth Estate: How Politics Has Changed the Role of Media.” “How Important is the Dayton Region to Ohio Politics” will explore Dayton’s role in Ohio’s political landscape. The conference will also examine the opioid crisis with the session, “Opiates: New Solutions for Attacking the Epidemic.”

Kershner believes the conference will be a way for the business community to engage in policy conversations important to the region.

“Advocating for a thriving business climate is at the core of the Dayton Area Chamber. That is why the Chamber is pleased to be a partner with Impact Ohio to present the Impact Ohio Regional Conference in Dayton,” Kershner said.

The Success Group, an Ohio-based government relations firm, launched Impact Ohio in 1984 with the first Post Election Conference in Columbus, which is held every two years immediately following the general election. Interest has grown over the last 30 years, which led Impact Ohio to expand with regional events in 2017.

“​After each conference we hear how much value our attendees gain from our expert-led panels and the opportunity to network with other attendees.  Because of this enthusiasm, we decided to expand Impact Ohio to other communities and are excited to hold a regional conference in Dayton,” Flatter said.

The Dayton conference is co-sponsored with the Ohio Democratic and Republican Parties, allowing for a bipartisan look into the future of policy making.

In addition to the conference, elected officials, business leaders, and conference attendees will have the chance to network with each other the evening before the conference. There will be a reception with elected officials and business leaders the evening of Wednesday, November 8 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at the Steam Plant thanks to sponsorship by Wright State University and the University of Dayton.

Registration for the conference and reception can be found at


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