State of the Region Conference

President Rodney K. Rogers at the State of the Region

The State of the Region Conference is the premier economic development gathering in Northwest Ohio. The conference brings elected officials, economic developers, business leaders, and other regional stakeholders together to discuss issues critical to the future vitality of our region and its people.

2023 State of the Region Conference


Building a Resilient and Equitable Economy Through Investment in Small Business Capacity

Date: Monday, March 6, 2023
Time: 8 a.m. to noon
Location: Hilton Garden Inn Ballroom, Perrysburg, Ohio & live streamed


Keynote Speaker
Ilana Preuss

Founder & CEO of Recast City LLC and Author of Recast Your City: How to Save Your Downtown with Small-Scale Manufacturing


Ilana Preuss is the founder of Recast City LLC, and author of Recast Your City: How to Save Your Downtown with Small-Scale Manufacturing. She is passionate about making great places and sees that small scale manufacturers are a missing piece in today's real estate and economic development efforts.

With over 20 years of experience in community development, Ms. Preuss' projects at Recast City span the country - from Washington, D.C. to Honolulu, HI. Through work with small-scale manufacturing business owners, real estate developers, foundations, city planning and economic development offices, improvement districts, and mayors, the projects go from idea to action to build great places with vibrant economies.

Additionally, Ilana leads a national program through a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to improve on the revolving loan funding program and better achieve equitable outcomes with small business lending.

Previously, Ilana was Vice President and Chief of Staff at Smart Growth America and worked in the US EPA Smart Growth Division, and she currently serves on the Board of Directors for the national non-profit Incremental Development Alliance.

Further details to be announced

Updated: 11/29/2022 11:56AM