15770 OH-691, Nelsonville, OH 45764

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A conference specifically formulated for local elected officials and staff.



  • 10:00 a.m. Introductions and setting the stage for the day 


Mark Weinberg, Dean, Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service 
Mayor Tom Johnson, Village of Somerset


  • 10:15 a.m. Remarks from Ohio Department of Development

Lydia Mihalik, Director, Ohio Department of Development


  • 10:30 a.m. POWER 2022

Getting ready for 2022 submissions and resources available at GOA to assist communities 

John Carey, Director, Governor’s Office of Appalachia
Jay Bennett, Governor’s Office of Appalachia
Brenda Haas, Governor’s Office of Appalachia


  • 11:15 a.m. COVID Relief Opportunities 

Inspiring best practices and available assistance 

Misty Crosby, Executive Director, Buckeye Hills Regional Council  
Amista Lipot, Executive Director, Mayors’ Partnership for Progress 
Mayor Don Mason, City of Zanesville 


  • 11:45 a.m. Lunch and Advocacy Panel Discussion 

John Hemmings, Executive Director, Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission 

Chris Slagle, Bricker and Eckler 
Greg Lestini, Bricker and Eckler
Brandon Kern, Sr. Director, State & National Policy, Ohio Farm Bureau  


  • 12:45 p.m. Creative Community Revitalization 

Pulling together fundable creative placemaking projects 

Kathy Zook, ARC program Manager, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments

Joyce Barrett, Heritage Ohio
Amanda Terrell, Ohio History Connection
Donna Collins, Ohio Arts Council
Kristi Tanner, JobsOhio


  • 1:30 p.m. Capital Bill 

How to pull together a winning capital bill request 

Jeannette Wierzbicki, Executive Director, Ohio Mid-Eastern Governments Association (OMEGA)

Jeff Westhoven, Ohio Construction Facilities Commission "Cultural Facilities for Appalachia Forward"(opens in a new window)
the Honorable Jay Edwards, OH- 94


  • 2:00 p.m. Closing and Key Takeaways 

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