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Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs will host the Eighth Annual Appalachian Ohio State of the Region Conference on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. The conference, titled, “Partnerships for Economic Prosperity,” will be held at Ohio University’s Baker University Center Ballroom in Athens, Ohio, from 8:30 AM – 2 PM. Public officials, regional economic development practitioners, and representatives from businesses and organizations will gather to discuss how partnerships and collaborations can increase impact in addressing challenges and opportunities around economic prosperity for the region.

The conference is free, but pre-registration is required.

About the EDA University Center

Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs was first established as an U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center in 1996. The Voinovich School University Center is a joint project with Bowling Green State University which collectively serves 59 rural Ohio counties: 32 Appalachian counties and 27 counties in northwestern Ohio.

EDA University Centers are a partnership of the federal government and academia that makes the varied and vast resources of universities available to the economic development community.

The ongoing support received through the EDA assists the Voinovich School in providing direct business assistance services, applied research initiatives and an annual State of the Region Conference. The overall result is the positioning of the region for economic growth.

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