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2016 Summit -- Panel Updates

Posted on: May 3, 2016
Tags: Conference updates, Event updates,

First Panel – Examples of Successful Collaborations in Economic Development      

Topic:     Examples of Greater Results Achieved through Successful Collaborations.

Moderator: Bob Viney, Think Regional Leadership Committee


Mitch Heaton, Dayton Development Coalition

Ian Smith, REDI Cincinnati                  

Pat Valente, Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition                                  

Dr. Jerry Hutton, Millennium Reign Energy

Deb Norris, Sinclair Community College

The focus of the panel is to share how successful collaborations between organizations and across regional jurisdictional boundaries are enabling the region to succeed in attracting substantial investments and grants that are/will increase economic development and create new higher-paying manufacturing related jobs across the region. The REDI Cincinnati and Dayton Development Coalition representatives will speak about collaborative projects they are supporting that are bringing increased economic development and job growth to our region.

The collaborative support of the region’s educational and technical colleges and universities to help provide the skilled and educated workforce required for increased manufacturing and technology jobs will be highlighted. Sinclair Community College meets with major manufacturing and technology companies to tailor workforce development programs to provide the employee skills these companies need to grow.

The OFCC and MRE representatives speak about the extent of the organizations involved in all aspects of Clean And Renewable Energy and Transportation systems in Ohio, the existing state of economically viable technology development in all key areas – wind, solar, battery, fuel cells, hydrolyzers to produce hydrogen from water, and fuel cell vehicle refueling stations – the operating installations in the field (OSU fuel cell bus and refueling station, for example), and the learning about the financial viability and scalability of the integrated energy systems for both personal and broadscale electricity use and fuel cell personal and mass transit. The benefits that increased investment in these industries might bring to the region in terms of increased economic development and higher-paying job growth, supported by both traditional universities and our terrific technical colleges and schools, will also be mentioned.

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