BGSU to host State of the Region Conference

BOWLING GREEN, O.—Leaders from higher education, the business world and state government will provide insight into today’s turbulent economic climate at the eighth annual State of the Region Conference on Feb. 12. About 300 civic and business leaders from the 27-county northwest sector of Ohio are expected to attend.

Hosted by Bowling Green State University’s Center for Regional Development, the conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn at 6165 Levis Commons Blvd. in Perrysburg. It will feature talks by John Magill of the Ohio Department of Development and Eric Fingerhut, chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents.

Dr. Michael Carroll, director of the regional development center, will review economic highlights of the past year and discuss what the region may look forward to this year in his State of the Region Address at 9:10 a.m.

In a 9:45 a.m. presentation, Magill, chief strategic officer for policy research and strategic planning for the state development department, will explain why innovation is the key to Ohio’s recovery.

“Business Perspective: Leadership in Turbulent Times” will be the topic of a 10:30 a.m. panel of area business people, including Charles Stocking, president of Principle Business Enterprises; Debbie Sauder David, executive director of Sauder Village; Dave Von Deylen, president of Alex Products, and Donald Mennel of Mennel Milling Co. Moderating the panel will be Dr. Rodney Rogers, dean of BGSU’s College of Business Administration.

Closing the day’s presentations, at 11:30 a.m., Fingerhut will describe how higher education is driving economic change—a key tenet of Governor Ted Strickland’s administration.

The conference is free and includes a Continental breakfast, but registration is required as seats are limited. To sign up, visit
http://www.centerforregionaldevelopment.com/projects_events.html.

For more information, call 419-372-8710 or, toll free, 1-866-562-7277.

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(Posted February 02, 2010 )