October 23, 2017

Appalachian Ohio Innovation Gateway Network

Increasing Employment & Prosperity through Alternative Learning & Career Pathways

Led by Buckeye Hills Regional Council & Ohio University
with funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission POWER Initiative

The Appalachian Ohio Innovation Gateway Network project will help workers and communities impacted by the decline of coal and manufacturing to: recover employment and income by increasing individual investment in post-secondary learning; strengthen and diversify their local economies; and grow, retain and attract talent to the region.

The Buckeye Hills portion of the Gateway Network will consist of three multi-use facilities, one each in Somerset, Nelsonville and Marietta, Ohio. Each facility will host an innovative program of learning, makerspace activities and development of entrepreneurs.

The region it serves includes 4,042 sq. miles across eight counties across southeastern Ohio including Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry and Washington and 0ne County in West Virginia (Wood).

The project ties together the efforts of multiple Appalachian communities, magnifying the impact of their work in addressing common challenges.

The Gateway’s programming will build learners’ capacity to succeed amid the ever-increasing complexity and accelerating change of the global economy. It will lead to better teaching, coaching, learning and the supports required for learner and displaced worker progress.

For details, call David Hansen at 740-336-2028.

Buckeye Hills Regional Council launched the Appalachian Ohio Innovation Gateway Network with an exciting announcement from its Marietta partner, the Building Bridges to Careers Epicenter Nov. 15.  Watch Our Project Video!

At the event were (from left) Marietta Mayor Joe Matthews with BHRC Executive Director Misty Casto and ARC Executive Director Scott Hamilton here to celebrate the regional POWER project.

The Building Bridges to Careers Epicenter is a comprehensive entrepreneurial education center. This is a “Brick and Mortar” center for real-world work experiences that provides space and time for strategic collaboration. Small businesses housed in the Epicenter are supported in an incubator-style environment while they grow. High school and college students collaboratively participate in programming alongside the entrepreneurs-in-residence to increase soft skills and to explore different career paths. Executive Director Tasha Werry, Ed.D, shared that by January, they will relocate from the Armory to an expanded space at the Tenney Bldg. on Lancaster Street!

The Building Bridges to Careers Epicenter is a comprehensive entrepreneurial education center. Plans are in the works to expand the Epicenter to include a makerspace with learning labs. Learn more at http://buildingbridgestocareers.org/epicenter


David Hansen Buckeye Hills Special Project Manager shared details about the Appalachian Ohio Innovation Gateway Network POWER Project & efforts underway for a new Gateway in Somerset, Ohio, in Perry County.

Tasha Werry, Ed.D.,  Executive Director of Building Bridges to Careers (including its Epicenter) shared details about their current operations and plans for a new Marietta location & expansion set to open in Jaunary!

Jennifer Simon of Ohio Univ. LIGHTS
Shared details about the greater regional efforts to leverage innovation gateways and hubs toward sustainability and about the
Makerspace movement.




LIGHTS: Leveraging Innovation Gateways & Hubs Toward Sustainability

Innovation Gateways:

Innovation Hubs: