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Impact Ohio conference to explore policy and politics in the Valley

Mahoning Matters reporter Justin Dennis will moderate a panel during the conference.
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WARREN — Mahoning Matters reporter Justin Dennis will moderate a panel on the Lordstown Smart Logistics Hub at the 2021 Impact Ohio Mahoning Valley Regional Conference on Oct. 1.

The conference, which is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Grand Resort, 9519 E. Market St., will offer an opportunity to explore policy and politics important to the Mahoning Valley.

“We expect to have an engaging dialogue on a variety of topics, and we look forward to having business and community leaders from the Valley gather at the conference to network and gain new insight into policy issues facing the community,” Jennifer Flatter, CEO of Impact Ohio, said in a news release.

Flatter and Guy Coviello, president and CEO of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, will open the conference. Ohio Auditor of State Keith Faber will speak at 11:30 a.m.

The conference will feature three panels:

  • The Mahoning Valley’s Military Economy: 9 to 10 a.m. Panelists will discuss the role military installations play in the Valley’s regional economy. The panel will focus on the opportunities at Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Trumbull County’s largest employer, as well as Camp Garfield and through the private sector defense supply chain. Panelists include Vito Abruzzino, executive director of the Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission; Elaine Bryant, executive vice president for Aerospace and Defense at Dayton Development Coalition and managing director of Military and Federal Sector at JobsOhio; Michael Dustman, director of Constituent Services in the office of U.S. Sen. Rob Portman; and Col. Jeffrey A. Van Dootingh, commander of the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.
  • The Future of the Lordstown Smart Logistics Hub: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. A panel of experts will explore the infrastructure initiative in the Mahoning Valley, which seeks to capitalize on Lordstown’s location. Experts will share plans for multiple modes of transportation, broadband and electrification to position the region into a premier logistics hub in the Midwest. Panelists include Brian Kelley, chief technology officer of the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission; and Jim Kinnick, executive director of Eastgate Regional Council of Governments. Dennis is the moderator.
  • Revolutionizing Manufacturing in the Mahoning Valley: 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. This panel will discuss manufacturing innovation in the Mahoning Valley and its impact on Northeast Ohio’s economy and workforce. Panelists will cover issues including additive manufacturing and advancements in technology and machining. Panelists include Brandon Lamoncha, director of Additive Manufacturing at Humtown Products; and Mark Lamoncha, president and CEO of Humtown Products. Dan O’Brien, managing editor of The Business Journal, is the moderator.

For more information and to register, click here.

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