Join us for Investing in the Future: A Summit on Community Development in Southeast Ohio on Thursday, August 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Onsite registration opens at 9:00 a.m. This event will bring together community leaders, elected officials, practitioners and more to explore the topic of investing in community development for the future of southeast Ohio.
From land banks to tax incentives to manufacturing and more, this one-day event will feature an overview of current challenges as well as innovative solutions highlighting real work being accomplished on the ground to improve the lives of residents in southeast Ohio.
Lunch will be provided to all attendees, courtesy of Special Occasions Catering in Marietta, OH.
Registration is $35 for the general public. Members of the General Policy Council and/or Regional Advisory Council will receive a discounted rate, out of gratitude for their service to our organization. A discount code may be accessed by emailing email@example.com.
Online registration is now CLOSED. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to register for the summit.
2019 DEVELOPMENT SUMMIT AGENDA & SPEAKERS
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.
Registration & Check-in
9:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
WELCOME & iNTRODUCTION OF KEYNOTE
Bret Allphin, Development Director, Buckeye Hills Regional Council
9:40 - 10:10 a.m.
KEYNOTE: THE STATE OF RURAL APPALACHIA IN SOUTHEAST OHIO
Mike Jacoby, Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth
Mike Jacoby is the President and CEO of the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG). APEG is the JobsOhio regional non-profit affiliate organization charged with supporting and coordinating economic development across 25 counties in southern and eastern Ohio.
Mike has 25 years of economic development experience in Ohio at the local, regional and state level. Professional highlights include the recruitment of Halliburton to Zanesville, which resulted in nearly 1,000 jobs, and the recruitment of Fanatics to Frazeysburg, which resulted in over 200 jobs and peak season employment approaching 2,000. Mike will address the State of Rural Appalachia in Southeast Ohio.
10:10 - 11:10 a.m.
INCENTIVIZING STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS
Andy Kuhn, Southeast Ohio Port Authority
Often times, our dreams for development in our communities are bigger than it seems our wallets can manage. But, thanks to a variety of public financing options, community development can be financed through strategic considerations and varied approaches to providing gap financing. Specifically, Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and Special Improvement Districts (SIDs) may be utilized.
Andy Kuhn is the Executive Director of the Southeastern Ohio Port Authority in Washington County Ohio, an economic development organization focused on redevelopment, retention, and recruitment. Previously, Andy worked as an assistant to the Board of Commissioners in Raleigh, NC. He holds a Masters in Public Administration from NC State University and a Bachelor’s degree in History from Marietta College.
11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.
OPPORTUNITY ZONES 101
Dr. Jason Jolley, Ohio University
Opportunity Zones, created in the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act, encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural areas nationwide. In Ohio, 73 of its 88 counties have Opportunity Zones and in southeast Ohio, all eight counties have Opportunity Zones for a total of 12 in the region. So, what are Opportunity Zones? How can we benefit from them? And how can we attract investments with Opportunity Zones to strengthen our communities?
Dr. G. Jason Jolley is an Associate Professor of Rural Economic Development and MPA Director at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University. At Ohio University, he also serves as a Research Fellow in the Center for Entrepreneurship and directs Ohio University’s portion of the US Economic Development Administration University Center (joint with Bowling Green State University). His research portfolio includes serving as principal investigator with the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth to support a Regional Innovation Cluster (RIC) project with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
12:10 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
LUNCH & NETWORKING
12:45 - 1:45 p.m.
UTILIZING LAND BANKS AS A TOOL FOR ECONOMIC GROWTH
Jim Rokakis, Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Land Banks are tools used by governments or nonprofits to convert vacant, abandoned, and tax-delinquent properties into productive use. By understanding how land banks can be beneficial and how to utilize them as tools for economic growth, communities can incentivize private investment and strengthen local economies at the same time.
Jim Rokakis is Vice President of Western Reserve Land Conservancy and Director of its Thriving Communities Program. He is involved in a number of activities, including the establishment of 56 County Land Banks throughout Ohio and working in Columbus and Washington, D.C. to raise funds for Ohio communities to deal with distressed properties. Rokakis served for 19 years on the Cleveland City Council – the last seven as chairman of the finance committee. In 1997, Rokakis took office as Cuyahoga County Treasurer where he was the first public official nationally to warn of the foreclosure crisis – in 2001. He helped to write and pass House Bill 294, which streamlined the foreclosure process for abandoned properties and Senate Bill 353 which allowed for the creation of County Land Banks.
1:45 - 2:45 p.m.
THE FUTURE OF MANUFACTURING IN APPALACHIAN OHIO
Susan Foltz & Dorinda Byers, Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership
For the first time in history, four distinct generations are working side by side in the workforce. By recognizing the differences between these four generations, manufacturers can customize their recruitment and management styles to improve group dynamics and job satisfaction. Happier employees equal increased productivity, which ultimately leads to a greater return on investment.
Susan Foltz is a Certified Business Advisor and State Director of the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program. She has been at the Ohio Development Services Agency for more than 17 years. Mrs. Foltz has a passion for small business success. She is a former business owner and has spent more than two decades in the manufacturing field.
Dorinda Byers is the MEP Program Manager at Ohio State University. With more than 15 years of experience, Dorinda possesses a proven track record of increasing organizational effectiveness, shaping cultures, strengthening teams, and positioning businesses for sustainability. Early in her journey, Dorinda found a niche in working with institutions and organizations to grow their business consulting practices. She has worked at Zane State College, EZG Manufacturing, TechSolve, and APEG and is currently at Ohio State University.
2:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Misty Crosby, Executive Director, Buckeye Hills Regional Council