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Changes in Akron Leadership Usher in New Age for Economic Development

May 21, 2018 |

At the 2017 Impact Ohio Akron Regional Conference, we saw an overarching theme of change. Akron is seeing new public and private leadership implemented city-wide as some of the region’s largest institutions welcome newcomers to the top of their ranks.  Amongst these entities are the Akron-Canton Airport, University of Akron, Leadership Akron, Akron-Summit County Public…

Smart Transportation Could Reduce Infant Mortality

May 17, 2018 |

After winning The Smart City Challenge and receiving a $50 million grant to transform Columbus into a Smart City, community leaders hope to use some of this money on an initiative to reduce infant mortality rates.  The infant mortality rate in Franklin County is high above the national average.  Having a child in an urban environment…

Primary Answers Some Questions, Leaves Many for November

May 10, 2018 |

After an ugly runup that brought intraparty fights into the open, Ohio’s voters mostly stuck with establishment candidates in Ohio’s primary election on May 7. Attorney General Mike DeWine bested Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor by almost 20 percentage points in a Republican gubernatorial primary in which both candidates spent millions on attack ads. DeWine now…

What’s the Future of Medicaid under Ohio’s Next Governor?

May 1, 2018 |

The political fights over Medicaid will likely continue as the costs of healthcare continue to rise and Medicaid takes up a larger and larger chunk of the state and federal spending. That said, the program has demonstrated considerable durability against political challenges and is certain to remain in some form for the foreseeable future.  That means…

Syringe Exchange Programs: from Controversial to Mainstream

April 24, 2018 |

At the 2017 Impact Ohio Regional Conferences, the opiate crisis was one of the big issues discussed.  In Akron, Cincinnati, and Dayton we heard from numerous experts about the seriousness of the crisis and how it affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.  Our experts shared what their communities were doing to…

Group Wants Ohio’s Next Governor to Focus on Early-Childhood

April 20, 2018 |

As evidence demonstrates that investments in early-childhood produce better outcomes in adulthood, one Ohio group wants to make sure that Ohio’s next governor prioritizes programs aimed at young children.  Groundwork Ohio, headed by former State Senator Shannon Jones is doing just that. Jones was part of the Impact Ohio Cincinnati Regional Conference in 2017 where she shared her…

Hundreds Attend Impact Ohio Conferences in 2017

February 20, 2018 |

In 2017, Impact Ohio brought together hundreds of people across the state at regional conferences to explore elections, the outcome of the political process, and policy choices facing Ohio communities At the regional events in Akron, Cincinnati, Dayton, and Toledo, Impact Ohio had some outstanding panelists who explored technology, smart cities, transportation, digital infrastructure, the opiate crisis, healthcare, party politics, media…

Thanks to Our 2016 & 2017 Event Sponsors

January 17, 2018 |

  Impact Ohio has been fortunate to have so many helpful sponsors for the 2016 and 2017 conferences.  Thank you! Akron Beacon Journal KeyBank Ohio Republican Party Altria Client Services Lesic & Camper Communications Ohio School Board Association AT&T Medical Mutual Palmer Energy Company Buckeye Health Plan Mercy Health Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel CBD Advisors…

What the Media’s Saying about Impact Ohio

January 2, 2018 |

Media outlets find our programs newsworthy. News outlets have participated in Impact Ohio events and also covered the conferences. Here are some of the stories that made print and digital copy. 2016 Post Election Conference Ohio Channel– Impact Ohio Post Election Conference Video Coverage Representative Emilia Sykes Press- Sykes Discusses Future Of Medicaid, Healthcare Policy…