Impact Ohio Conference Coming to Dayton Next Week

Impact Ohio will hold an in-person regional conference in Dayton on Friday, October 22 at The University of Dayton, Daniel J. Curran Place, in The Meyer Room from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The 2021 Impact Ohio Dayton Regional Conference is a partnership effort with the Success Group, the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Dayton.

The conference 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 business and community leaders from the Miami Valley 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 policy discussions featuring government and business leaders, as well as policy experts.

This can’t-miss conference will also feature an address from Treasurer of State Robert Sprague which will take place at 10:00 a.m., and an address from Secretary of State Frank LaRose directly after.  Both Dayton mayoral candidates have been invited with Commissioner Jeffrey Mims confirmed to speak.

The conference will hold three panels:

Redistricting: What it Means for Ohio and the Dayton Region

A panel of experts will discuss the importance of Ohio’s redistricting process. Panelists will focus on how the process is progressing and what it means for Ohio’s legislative and congressional districts as well as the Dayton region.

The Continuum of Workforce and Talent Policy

Even before the pandemic, there were discussions about redefining workforces and workplaces. In this panel, experts will discuss how our workforce is evolving and the role that education and training plays to ensure an excelling workforce.

Exploring the Impact of the American Rescue Plan Act

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) was signed into law earlier this year to help with recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this session, panelists will discuss ARPA and how it can make an impact in the region in both the short and long term.

Speakers Include:

  • The Honorable Frank LaRose, Ohio Secretary of State
  • The Honorable Robert Sprague, Ohio Treasurer of State
  • The Honorable Randy Gardner, Chancellor, Ohio Department of Higher Education
  • Director Matt Damschroder, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
  • The Honorable Phil Plummer, Ohio House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Deborah Lieberman, Montgomery County Commissioner
  • The Honorable Jeffrey Mims, Candidate for Mayor of Dayton
  • Dr. Jason Pierce, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, University of Dayton
  • Jim Otte, Reporter and Producer of the WHIO I-Team, WHIO TV
  • Samantha Sommer, Investigative and Impact Team Director, Dayton Daily News
  • Stephanie Keinath, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Shannon Cox, Superintendent, Montgomery County Educational Service Center
  • Dr. Daniel R. Birdsong, Senior Lecturer & Experiential Learning Coordinator, Department of Political Science, University of Dayton
  • Rennes Bowers, Candidate for Mayor of Dayton

Ted Bucaro, Executive Director for Government and Regional Relations at the University of Dayton, views the Impact Ohio Dayton Regional Conference as a great opportunity for members of the community to network and hear first-hand from elected officials, business leaders, and local experts.

“The University of Dayton is pleased to partner with Impact Ohio to bring another regional conference to the Miami Valley. We look forward to hearing the speakers and panelists discuss issues important to the region,” Bucaro said.

The Success Group, the presenting conference sponsor, 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 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 had the desire to share Impact Ohio with other communities,” Flatter said.

The Dayton conference is cosponsored by the Ohio Democratic and Republican Parties, allowing for a bipartisan look into the future of policy making.

Registration and details on conference panelists can be found at

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