Welcome to the seventh annual River Summit

MARCH 14, 2014

University of Dayton River Campus

The Rivers Institute at the University of Dayton is proud to present the Seventh Annual River Summit.

Schedule of Events

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8:00-8:30 am:


8:30-9:00 am:

Light Breakfast, Networking and Corridor of Exhibits

9:00-9:30 am:

Welcome and OGCA Annual Report. Presented by Stan Kegley, City of Troy and OGCA President.

9:30-10:30 am:

Oklahoma City Keynote Speakers. Introduced by Frances Menonne, Great Miami Rowing Center and Amy Dingle, Five Rivers MetroParks.

The Ohio's Great Corridor Association is pleased to introduce Joe Jacobi and Mike Knopp as this year's River Summit keynote team. The story of Oklahoma City's social and economic transformation is embedded in the development of the Oklahoma River and its world-renowned Boathouse District, now a global destination for competitive paddlesports and rowing. From community engagement to the evolution of America's only river to be designated as an official US Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, the advancement of the Oklahoma River is a blue print growing and creating access to our nation's waterways and spurring public/private investment in our vital community resources.

  • Mike Knopp, Executive Director, Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation
  • Joe Jacobi, CEO, USA Canoe/KayakAmy Dingle, Five River MetroParks
10:30-11:30 am:

"What's Happening Around Our Corridor." Moderated by Dan Foley, Montgomery County Commissioner.

This panel focuses on several different economic development initiatives along Ohio's Great Corridor and the importance of sharing and supporting one another's plans, projects and partnerships. By striving towards shared goals and working collectively to develop the same river corridor, the community's along Ohio's Great Corridor can learn from one another's successes and challenges, as we move forward together as a region.

  • David Treese, Bonbright Distributors, Inc. 
  • Chris Schmiesing, City of Piqua Riverfront Projects
  • Mike Dingeldein, Hamilton Core Fund
  • Jason Woodard, City of Dayton Water St. Development
11:30 am-12:45 pm:

Lunch and Army Corps of Engineer study update, presented by the Miami Conservancy District.

12:45-1:15 pm:

Long Break, Networking and Corridor of Exhibits.

1:15-2:15 pm:

Concurrent Sessions

  • Session A: OGCA Discussion; Future Planning and Visioning: Members of the Ohio's Great Corridor Association discuss strategic goals of the association and appropriate actions steps to take, in order to achieve the regional river destination we are working towards, with members of the OGCA board. Member engagement is a key element of the OGCA. This session encourages everyone to find ways to get involved with the OGCA.
  • Session B: Open Space and Farmland Preservation; Rivers Make Good Neighbors (Panelists TBA) This discussion will weave a theme across the panelists about the positive interaction between urban and rural areas and how thriving urban areas and healthy, productive farmland benefit each other to protect the river. Moderated by Sarah Hippensteel Hall, Miami Conservancy District.
    • Krista Magaw and Michelle Burns, Tecumseh Land Trust
    • Jim Fulton, Fulton Farms
    • Milan Pajev, The Happy Box CSA at Fulton Farms
  • Session C: Small Business Development and Recreation Partnerships: (Panelist TBA) Panelists will stem a discussion on how small business plays a major role in recognizing how our land and river based recreation offer great potential and opportunity for regional cooperation and development. Small business and recreation partnerships can help transform our regional. Moderated by Amy Dingle, FRMP, and Katie Frank, City of Miamisburg.
    • Brian Linnean, The Wine Gallery
    • Chris Jackson, Adventures on the Great Miami
    • Rick John, The Bike Way Bike Shop
    • Susie Stein, Up and Running
    • Dan Schlegel, Great Miami Outfitters
2:15-2:30 pm:

Short Break

2:30-3:00 pm:

River Stewards at the University of Dayton: "How have our river corridors and the work of the OGCA members influenced the River Stewards? Where are they now, where are they going, will they stay in our watershed or move back, and why?” Moderated by Maggie Varga, Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education, and AJ Ferguson, Dropoly.

  • Alexander Gaskins – Civil Engineer, River Steward Cohort 2014
  • Liz Morrison – Biology, River Steward Cohort 2014
  • Connie Reda – Political Science, River Steward Cohort 2014
  • Anthony Whaley – Geology & GIS Certificate, River Steward Cohort 2014
  • Zack Valigosky – Mechanical Engineer, River Steward Cohort 2014
3:00 pm:

RiverMobile tours (optional).