Events

Agenda – 2018 Think Regional Summit

7:30 am    Doors Open; Registration Commences                                                                                                                 Coffee, Juices and Light Snacks Available

7:55 am    Announcement re: Attendees Moving to Seats

8:00 am    Welcome & Opening Remarks                                                                                                                             Joe Hinson, Emcee; CEO, West Chester/Liberty Chamber Alliance                                                                                    Sponsor Recognition, Cincinnati Dayton I-75 Growth Corridor Video                                                                                 AT&T Spokesman Introduction                                                                                                                                   AT&T Event Sponsor, Mark Romito: Welcome                                                                                                                Michele Abrams, Chairman, Think Regional                                                                                                                       Overview of Day, Introduction of Special Guests                                                                                                        Michele Abrams and Arla Tannehill, Think Regional Planning Committee                                                                           Attendee 5-Second Self-Introductions 

8:45 am   Overview of Infrastructure Role in Long Term Economic Growth                                                                         Highlights of Third Industrial Revolution Research by Jeremy Rifkin and Skip Leitner                                                       -- Bob Viney, Think Regional Planning Committee;                                                                                                           -- Dan Cunningham, CEO, Long-Stanton Group 

9:00 am   Break (10 minutes) 

9:10 am   Congressman Warren Davidson Insights on Regional Infrastructure & Funding Issues:  Video Interview               -- Introduction by Michele Abrams, Think Regional Chairman 

9:30 am   First Panel – Energy Infrastructure: Short Term Actions and Long Term Plans                                                       Focus: Collaborative Actions In Progress, Planned, and Funding Support Required to Upgrade our Current Energy             Infrastructure and the Plans for the Future Energy Infrastructure Needed to Support the Target Economic Growth           Rate.

       Moderator:  Doug Bolton, Former Market Leader, Greater Cincinnati & Dayton, Cushman & Wakefield, and Former           Publisher, Cincinnati Business Courier and Dayton Business Journal 

       Panelists:  Daniel Conway, Commissioner, Ohio PUCO; Gene Krebs, Immediate past chair of the Governing                     Board of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel; Amy Spiller, VP Government & Community Affairs, Duke Energy; Robert             Sears, Vice President, Energy Solutions & Planning, Vectren Energy; Pat Valente, Executive Director, Ohio                       Fuel Cell Coalition.

10:20 am   Question and Answer Session

10:30 am   Second Panel – Transportation Infrastructure: Short Term Actions and Long Term Plans                                      Focus: Collaborative Actions in Progress, Planned and Funding Support Required to Repair and Upgrade our                      Current Transportation Infrastructure and the Plans for the Future Infrastructure Needed to Support the Target             Economic Growth Rate

       Moderator:  Amy Waldbillig, Vice President, Workforce Development, Cincinnati State; Former General Manager,               Butler County Regional Transit Authority

       Panelists:  Michael McNamara, Development Administrator Butler County Port Authority; ; Chris McWhinney, CEO,            Millennium Reign Energy; Peter Metz, Transportation Policy & Coalition Manager Cincinnati Regional Chamber;              TC Rogers, President OKI; Stefan Spinosa, Capital Programs Administrator ODOT; Jamie Sullivan, GE Intelligent               Cities and Venture Smarter.  

11:30 am    Question and Answer Session

11:40 am    Luncheon Break                                                                                                                                                             Tour of SARTA Hydrogen Fuel Cell Transit Bus – Parking Area (until 1:30pm)                                                                   We will have an operating bus to show the hydrogen tanks, fuel cell compartment, quiet operation and                          cleanliness of the water exhaust.

12:30 pm   Keynote Speaker Address: Kirt Conrad, President & CEO, Stark Area Regional Transportation Agency                            Merging New Energy and Traditional Countywide Public Transportation                                                                           - Introduced by Bob Viney                                                                                                                                               SARTA routes go all over Stark County to grocery stores, shopping centers, medical facilities,                                         restaurants, schools, the airport, libraries, museums, places of employment and much more.  Riders can                       travel on any of the 34 Fixed Routes in Alliance, Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Hartville, Jackson Township,                       Louisville, Massillon, North Canton and Uniontown. 

                     SARTA purchased 10 hydrogen fuel cell hybrid buses to enhance the comfort, lower the operating costs                           and of course, lessen the environmental impact of their vehicles.  Mr. Conrad will share the experiences                       and insights learned to date and plans for the future.

1:00 pm   Discussion, Question and Answer Session

1:10 pm   National Issues Forum Session on Energy and Transportation Infrastructures                                                                  Session Introduction – Bob Viney

Energy and Transportation Infrastructure Issue: A “Deliberative Decision Making” Session to review the challenges with Upgrading the current status and planning for the future Infrastructures we need to support and sustain target economic growth and quality of life in Southwest Ohio.

Each group of 8-10 led by a trained moderator will discuss the issue and the 3 suggested approaches to addressing Energy and Transportation Infrastructure needs and plans in our region and proposing the Best Option.

2:40 pm    Summary of Small Group Discussion Outcomes

3:00 pm    Closing Comments – Audience, Joe Hinson, Michele Abrams                                                                                          Networking Reception and Happy Hour