Access Appalachia Kick Off Event

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jun 18, 2001) — 

WHAT: Kick Off for Access Appalachia includes remarks, press availability and lunch

WHEN: Monday, June 18, 2001, 12:30pm - 2:00pm

· The Honorable Larry Householder, Speaker, Ohio House of Representatives (invited)
· Frank Samuel, Governor Taft's Science & Technology Advisor
· Joy Padgett, Director, Governor's Office of Appalachia
· Pari Sabety, Director, Technology Policy Group and ECom-Ohio

WHERE: Stuart's Opera House, 34 Public Square, Nelsonville, Ohio

Access Appalachia is Ohio's effort to assess the Appalachian region's information infrastructure and help design a blueprint for network advancement. This project will provide a technology assessment of the region, analyze citizen and business usage of the network, and develop an infrastructure plan for network advancement in the twenty-nine county area supported by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Access Appalachia will provide data about the region's infrastructure, provide a regional approach to boost electronic commerce, and lay the groundwork for continued public- and private-sector investment in the region's information infrastructure.

Work teams will include participants from several organizations including OSC's (Ohio Supercomputer Center) Technology Policy Group, the Ohio University, University of Akron, IT Alliance of Appalachian Ohio, Hocking College, and Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn. The Access Appalachia Steering Committee, which will provide leadership in this effort, consists of business and community leaders from Ohio's Appalachian region.