The Rust Belt Revitalization Economic Summit is an opportunity to collaboratively develop and activate a wide array of strategically innovative economic growth concepts for the eastern Ohio & western PA region – midway between Pittsburgh and Cleveland in the heart of the rust belt. This summit will also help empower our area (which encompasses the Youngstown-Warren, Ohio area and Lawrence and Mercer counties in Pa) to envision itself more cohesively, collaboratively and dynamically as we move forward together – working to develop and create our own definition of a successful future for our region.

Ticket to the event includes: Both breakfast and lunch plenary sessions; up to four revitalization workshops; pitch session attendance; vendor area; swag bags; continental breakfast and buffet lunch w/dessert included in the ticket price.  Ticket price: $40

Schedule Sunday, Oct. 6

A tour of local sites for development in the Shenango Valley followed by a Social Mixer for Invited Guests & Elected Officials; Sponsors and Vendors at the Park Inn by Radisson lounge.

Time Event
3-4:30 PM Vendor Set-up (Available also to set up early Monday, Oct. 7 – see below)
2:30-4:30 PM Site Visit of The Landing (former Westinghouse Torpedo Plant) & Hope Center for Arts & Technology (Manchester Bidwell replication): (shuttle included) Visit here for more details and to sign up: SIGN UP
4:30-6:30 PM FirstEnergy Mixer: at Park Inn (for special guests & elected officials; media; sponsors and vendors) Music provided by North Side Jazz, Sharon. Light Refreshments Included.

Session Tracks

(run concurrently)

“E”: Economic Development & Entrepreneurship
“C”: Community Development & Innovation
“G”: Government Affairs & Education
“W”: Workforce Development & Retention

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Schedule Monday, Oct. 7

The event will start with PA Lt. Governor John Fetterman speaking at the breakfast plenary session; and OH Dir. of the Development Services Agency Lydia Mihalik speaking at the lunch plenary session; and throughout the day include breakout sessions; vendor areas and will close with an entrepreneurial ‘shark-tank’ pitch session w/ cash prizes.

Time Event
7 – 8 AM Vendor Set-up: (Will also have the chance to set up the evening of Sunday Oct. 6)
7:15 AM – 8:30 AM Registration
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Vendor Area Open
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM Breakfast Keynote Session: PA Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman
10 – 10:45 AM Breakout Sessions:
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland: Report for the Region (G) Devonshire
Economics of Health Care in the Rust Belt (E) Crystal Room
Best Practices for Downtown Revitalization (C) JW’s Other Club
Workforce Development in the Rust Belt (W) Sheffield
11 – 11:45 AM Breakout Sessions:
Getting Site Selector Ready (E) Grand Ballroom
The Role of Higher Education in Community Development (C) Crystal Room
Making the Most of Your Riverfront (G) Devonshire
Attracting & Retaining the Next Generation (W) JW’s Other Club
Noon – 1:15 PM Lunch Keynote Speaker: Director of Ohio Developmental Services Agency Lydia Mihalik
1:25 – till 2:10 PM Breakout Sessions
Business Succession Planning in the Rust Belt (E) Devonshire
Economic Development Legislation to Watch (G) Sheffield
The Food & Beverage Economy (Summary Quality of Life) (C) JW’s Other Club
Filling the Skilled Trades (W) Crystal Room
2:20 – 3:05 PM Breakout Sessions
Plastic & PetroChemicals Supply Chain Opportunities (E) Grand Ballroom
The Potential of Federal Opportunity Zones (G) Devonshire
Neighborhood Revitalization Best Practices (C) JW’s Other Club
Creating an Entrepreneur-Friendly Community (W) Crystal Room
3:45 PM -4:45 PM Shark-Tank Style Pitch Competition with Entrepreneurs/Judges from all three regions at Lindenpointe Business Park Center location in Hermitage

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