JobsOhio's SE Ohio Network Partner Announces Staff Additions

Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth welcomes new Vice President and Project Managers.

Contact: Megan Wanczyk

October 26, 2012

Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives Foundation for Appalachian Ohio
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Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth welcomes new Vice President and Project Managers

Nelsonville, OH – The Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG) is pleased to announce the addition of Marty Walsh, Katy Farber, and Dorinda Byers to its staff. Walsh will serve as Vice President – Programs for APEG, while Farber will work as a regional Project Manager and Byers will serve as APEG’s MEP Program Coordinator and as a Project Manager.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the addition of these three individuals to our APEG staff,” said John Molinaro, president and CEO of APEG. “Marty, Katy, and Dorinda each bring a level of experience and regional know-how that makes them uniquely qualified to serve in APEG’s goal of fostering economic growth and development. I look forward to working with this team to reach out to new partners and areas of opportunity throughout Appalachian Ohio.”

A subsidiary of the Ohio Appalachian Business Council, the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth is committed to accelerating sustainable business growth, job creation, and advancing the southeast Ohio economy through targeted economic development support and regional collaboration. Initial funding for the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth came from a JobsOhio Network grant, matched with private business contributions as well as through the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership and the Ohio Development Services Agency.

In his position as APEG Vice President, Walsh will work with regional partners throughout the state to help expand and strengthen economic development and outreach. His leadership will be essential in producing new resources and opportunities for APEG and economic developers throughout the region. Most recently, Walsh worked as Business Services Manager at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. Prior to joining the Chamber, he served as both an Economic Manager and General Manager before retiring from AEP Ohio.

Katy Farber and Dorinda Byers will both serve as regional Project Managers on behalf of APEG and JobsOhio to assist in the creation, retention, expansion, and attraction of companies in a twenty-five county region of Ohio, with the goal of closing deals that secure new capital investment and jobs in Ohio with a positive return on investment. As Project Managers, Farber and Byers will work to facilitate partnerships and opportunities to support the growth of business in the region. In her additional role as MEP Program Coordinator, Byers will coordinate services to help manufacturers improve their productivity and profitability while creating additional economic opportunities through the adoption of state of the art practices, processes, and technologies.

Farber was President of the Highland Chamber of Commerce. Her extensive experience in the region is bolstered by previous work as an educator, consultant, and small business owner while living in Highland County. Byers’s previous work in the region includes time spent as the Appalachian Ohio regional Sales Manager for TechSolve in Cincinnati, Ohio, and as Director of SkillsMAX & Community Outreach at Zane State College.

About the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth

A subsidiary of the Ohio Appalachian Business Council, the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth (APEG) is committed to accelerating sustainable business growth, job creation and advancing the southeast Ohio economy through targeted economic development support and regional collaboration. The Ohio Appalachian Business Council (OABC) was developed in collaboration with the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and is a business roundtable serving Appalachian Ohio by discovering regional solutions to regional challenges, supporting the area’s rich history of entrepreneurship, maximizing business expansion for regional job and wealth creation, and being a steward of the highest standards for educational achievement and workforce development in Ohio. 


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