November 15 – Appalachian Ohio Innovation Gateway Network Launch

13 Nov

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Buckeye Hills Regional Council, 1400 Pike Street, Marietta

Wednesday, November 15, 2017      4:30 pm-6 pm

Buckeye Hills Regional Council will host the launch of the Appalachian Ohio Innovation Gateway Network and feature an exciting announcement from its Marietta partner, the Building Bridges to Careers Epicenter. The event is open to the public but RSVPs are requested at 800-331-2644 or online at http://buckeyehills.org/appalachian-ohio-innovation-gateway-network/ by November 13, 2017.

Buckeye Hills was awarded $1.2 million by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to support start-up of the gateways. The Innovation Gateway Network focuses on increasing employment and prosperity through alternative learning and career pathways. It will serve residents in eight Ohio counties (Athens, Hocking, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Noble, Perry & Washington) and Wood County in West Virginia.

The Innovation Gateway Network will consist of three multi-use facilities, one each in Somerset, Nelsonville and Marietta, Ohio. Each facility will host an innovative program of learning, makerspace activities and development of entrepreneurs. The project ties together the efforts of three Appalachian communities, magnifying the impact of their work in addressing common challenges.

A variety of anchor regional partners are supporting the Gateway’s success including Ohio University LIGHTS program that is leveraging innovation gateways and hubs toward sustainability in a much broader portion of the Appalachian region.

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