Spotlight: Appalachia Ohio in Transition

Appalachia Ohio is on the move with programs to plan for and implement Appalachian Transition. Congressman Zack Space (OH-18) has launched the second portion of his RENEW Ohio-18 initiative focused on redevelopment and transition in his Appalachian distirict–see The RENEW Ohio Report (2008) which begins the dialogue on transition efforts in Appalachia Ohio.

Congressman Space sees the need for transition:
"We must act boldly and aggressively to now ensure that the economic devastations that Appalachian Ohio has witnessed in recent years are never allowed to happen again." http://space.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=97&sectiontree;=97

“The solutions and ideas we come up with will not change things today or tomorrow, but they will lay the groundwork necessary to create sustainable, long-term growth. Government cannot create the jobs, but we can use the resources at our disposal to create the conditions necessary to achieve that growth.”
http://www.progressohio.org/page/community/post/daveharding/C3h9).

RENEW OH work groups will meet in the coming weeks to prepare for a May 23rd Summit in Zanesville, OH:

February 29: RENEW OH-18 Broadband Working Group Meeting, New Philadelphia, OH
March 21: RENEW OH-18 Agriculture Working Group Meeting, Coshocton, OH
April 11: RENEW OH-18 Alternative Energy Working Group Meeting, Nelsonville, OH
April 25: RENEW OH-18 Healthcare Working Group Meeting, Chillicothe, OH
May 23: RENEW OH-18 Summit, Zanesville, OH

“Advanced Energy – A New Opportunity for Appalachian Business Growth,”
Another effort in Ohio–TechGROWTH and the Consortium for Energy, Economics and the Environment (CE3) will host a series of seminars to connect entrepreneurs and small business owners with resources, opportunities and ideas for transitioning to a new economy where "energy is paramount":

Featuring a keynote address by U.S. Congressman Charlie Wilson (OH-6), state agencies, regional service providers and local representatives will provide information on topics ranging from clean energy opportunities and growing green businesses to workforce training programs in energy. Participants will have the opportunity to network and interact with these representatives and other likeminded business leaders while exploring additional resources from exhibitors. This unprecedented event is part of a month-long series of seminars focusing on business growth in southeast Ohio hosted by TechGROWTH Ohio.“Ohio’s future will depend in large part on how well we encourage innovation in energy and business and make the two indispensible to one another,” said Scott Miller, Director of CE3. “These seminars will help businesses think outside the box and transition into an economic future where energy is paramount.”

This free program will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a light lunch included. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged via www.techgrowthohio.com or by calling (740) 593-9588.
“Advanced Energy – A New Opportunity for Appalachian Business Growth” will be offered in the following areas:
February 18, Rio Grande, University of Rio Grande
February 26, St. Clairsville, Ohio University, Eastern Campus
March 5, Marietta, Marietta College