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2021 Think Regional Summit is on April 23, 2021!

The Think Regional 2021 Summit will happen VIRTUALLY on April 23, 2021.  The event will be totally on line.  It will begin at 8:30am and conclude at 12:30pm.  The focus will be on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Programs successfully operating in our region, and the value they are providing to companies and communities.

The event cost is $20 per registration.  The link to access the event will be sent prior to the day of the event to all who have registered and paid the event fee in advance.

Our MC will be Joe Hinson, President & CEO, West Chester Liberty Chamber Alliance. Joe has been the Think Regional MC since 2015.

The keynote speaker will be Wendy Waters-Connell, Executive Director, YWCA, in Hamilton.  Other speakers include:

-- Emiko Moore, Community Conversations-Bridging Stories and MLK Community Coalition of Lebanon.

-- Noha Eyada, Mason CommUnity and Mason City Schools Diversity Council.

-- Doug Bolton, CEO, Cincinnati Cares

-- David Lapp, Co-Founder; Kouhyar Mostashfi, Board of Directors, Braver Angels, Southwest Ohio

REGISTRATION is now OPEN!  Please click on the Events link above to Register and Pay TODAY!

We look forward to seeing you on April 23, 2021!

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Air Force Research Lab and Think Regional -- Dayton Daily News

Posted on: April 29, 2019
Tags: Conference updates, Event updates, In the news, News

Read Dayton Daily News article on Air Force Research Lab interview with William Harrison III, Director, Small Business at the Think Regional Summit.

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Wright Patt Magnet for High Tech

Wright Patterson and the Air Force Research Lab have a $15.5 Billion impact on high tech innovation, entrepreneurship, economic development and skilled job growth in the Dayton-Cincinnati region.  Our keynote speakers at the 2019 Think Regional Summit, William Harrison III, Director Small Business Development, Air Force Research Laboratory, and Kim Frazier, Director, Growth Initiatives, The Entrepreneurs Center, provided an overview of how the two organizations are collaborating to help develop private business opportunities from the research that AFRL is working on or has developed for commercialization.  Read the details at  Dayton Daily News website link.

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Journal-News Coverage of 2018 Summit

Posted on: May 6, 2018
Tags: Media, Summit, News, In the news

Journal News Front Page Story:  Funds key to clean public transport

Butler looks to offer more efficient transit options for public.

Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) showed off one of its10 hydrogen fuel-cell buses at the fifth annual ThinkRegional Southwest Ohio Summit in West Chester Twp. on April27. Butler County Regional Transit Authority officials say the technology would be a boost for local transportation. ERIC SCHWARTZBERG /STAFF

By Eric Schwartzberg Staff Writer

BUTLERCOUNTY— Newer, cleaner forms of public transportation could become a reality in Butler County, but only if local agencies are able to fund the remainder of a vehicle’s price once federal grants are secured.

That’s according to Matt Dutkevicz, the Butler County Regional Transit Authority’s executive director, who said hydrogen fuel cell or battery electric buses are two options that would be a leap forward in local transportation in terms of reducing emissions and increasing sustainability.   “We’re interested in any kind of clean fuel technology that’s affordable and efficient,” Dutkevicz said. “We always kind of have our eyes on the horizon to see what’s coming up ... so that we can be a resource for the community and bring the best solutions to the table for them.”

Fuel cells are considered safer than gasoline-powered vehicles and are two to three times more efficient, according to Stark Area Regional Transit Authority in Canton, which showed off the new technology last week at the 2018 Think Regional Southwest Ohio Summit in West Chester Twp.  Unlike conventional diesel or gasoline-fueled vehicles, fuel cell cars and trucks combine hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity, which runs a motor. The fuel cell is able to use 40 to 60 percent of the energy from the fuel —the hydrogen—to power the vehicle.  That means reducing the need for about 9,000 gallons of fuel over the lifetime of the vehicle and reducing the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere by 100 tons per vehicle, the equivalent of 10 school buses of carbon emissions.

Also appealing is that both hydrogen fuel cell buses and battery electric buses offer fewer moving parts than their diesel-fueled, liquid natural gas or compressed natural gas counterparts, which rely on an internal combustion engine that requires a great deal of maintenance and attention, Dutkevicz said.  “From our perspective, that’s an efficiency,” he said.  “We’re a public agency, we want to be responsible and if the price of these electric and hydrogen vehicles comes down, that bus can spend more time on the road providing service than in the garage with us doing extra things and providing additional maintenance to keep it out there every day.”

But BCRTA, which does not have any dedicated local funding, would need to find a local agency with which to partner to secure low-emission or no-emission grants.  “We need a partner at the table like a Hamilton or a Butler County or somebody who says ‘We want to get this project off the ground.  We want a clean fuel transit route, transit system and we’re going to help fund that if BCRTA will operate and go find the federal funds ...’ then we can bring some local money to the table,” Dutkevicz said.

Dutkevicz said hydrogen fuel-cell buses could be an option for Hamilton as Spooky Nook at Champion Mill opens in about two years and greater demand is placed on local infrastructure.

A “decked out” diesel bus can cost as much as $600,000, while each hydrogen fuel-cell bus now costs about $1.2 million, according to Kirt Conrad, SARTA’s executive director and CEO.  “At this point ... the expense is because they’re single-order runs, but we have a target point of probably about $700,000,” Conrad said. “European bus makers are about there now.”

SARTA, along with Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research and the Ohio Department of Transportation, launched the Midwest Fuel Cell Center of Excellence and the Renewable Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Collaborative in 2017.
SARTA recently purchased 10 hydrogen fuel cell buses, making its fleet the largest in the United States outside of California.

A kilogram of hydrogen has the same energy release as a gallon of gasoline, and provides about 60 to 70 miles per kilogram, double the mileage provided by gasoline, Conrad said.  Normal range for such a vehicle is as much as 230 miles but the upper limit range is continually being expanded, he said.  Because it is a hybrid, it recharges as it decelerates.  It also lasts about 12 years, the typical lifespan of a diesel transit bus.

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Dayton Daily News -- Summit 2018

Posted on: May 6, 2018
Tags: Media, Event news, In the news
Butler County, Ohio, Eyes Move to Alternative Fuel Transit Public transit could soon be powered by hydrogen fuel cells or electricity, but only if the county is able to find the funding. BY ERIC SCHWARTZBERG, DAYTON DAILY NEWS / MAY 2, 0218 (TNS) read more …

Think Regional 2016 Summit on TV

Posted on: March 24, 2016
Tags: Media, Event updates, In the news,

Michele Abrams, Chairman of Think Regional, and Bob Viney, Planning Committee, appeared on The City Show on Lebanon TV Channel 6 on March 22, with Emiko Moore.  They highlighted the keynote speaker, David Abbott, and the first two panels, on Economic Development and Health Care, with a focus on how solutions to the heroin problem are being addressed in our region.  Watch here:  Think Regional on The City Show.

Click on the RESERVATION Link at the top of the page and get your tickets now!

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Think Regional is on TV!

Posted on: March 11, 2015
Tags: Events, Media, In the news

Watch the interview with Think Regional Chairman MIchele Abrams with Lebanon TV Channel 6, talking about the details of the upcoming Conference event on April 16, 2015 at the link below:



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ThinkRegional! is featured in Dayton B2B

Posted on: August 5, 2014
Tags: Media, In the news

A new group in our community has a mission:

to gather people from across the region to make Southwest Ohio strong for businesses.

How? Keep reading...

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