State of the Region Conference offers economic outlook


BOWLING GREEN, O.—Now that we’ve sidestepped the fiscal cliff, at least in the short term, what is the longer-range economic picture for the region? Civic and business leaders will hear the thoughts of economic experts at the 11th annual State of the Region Conference, hosted by Bowling Green State University’s Center for Regional Development on Feb. 1 in Perrysburg.

Dr. Michael Carroll, director of the regional center, will give his State of the Region Address at 9:15 a.m.

Regional economic position and trends will be the topic of keynote speaker Jeannette Tamayo, Chicago regional director of the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. Her talk will begin at 10:30 a.m.

From 10:45-noon, three local executives will participate in a roundtable discussion of the economic outlook in key sectors. Bonnie Torti, director of operations for the Whirlpool Clyde Division, will speak on durable goods manufacturing; Rusty Orben, director of public affairs for CSX Transportation, will look at transportation and logistics; and Stan Korducki, president of Wood County Hospital, will provide a perspective on health care.

About 300 representatives from the 27-county northwest sector of Ohio are expected to attend the event, slated from 8 a.m. to noon at the Hilton Garden Inn, 6165 Levis Commons Blvd.

Continental breakfast and networking take place from 8-9 a.m., followed by the program from 9 a.m. to noon, beginning with a welcome by Dr. Rodney Rogers, BGSU provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

There is no charge to attend; however, space is limited and preregistration is requested. Register online at http://www.centerforregionaldevelopment.com/backup/registration/crd_form_sor2013.html or call the Center for Regional Development at 419-372-8710.

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

The Center For Regional Development is an interdisciplinary research organization with expertise in regional economics and community development. Its mission is to design and implement innovative and pragmatic solutions to a variety of regional challenges. It seeks to provide civic and economic leaders with the right information at the right time to help enable the best decisions.

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(Posted January 24, 2013 )