2015 Leadership Stark County’s Government Academy Schedule Announced

Leadership Stark County is seeking applicants for its 10th Annual Government Leadership Academy. The Government Leadership Academy offers elected officials, appointed officials, aspiring candidates and civic minded citizens, leadership development skills and education about local and regional government.

The program will begin Tuesday, February 3, 2015.  The class takes place Tuesdays and Thursdays Feb. 5 through Mar. 5, meeting from 4 – 6 p.m. Cost is $395 per person and includes all materials. Classes meet at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce and at Stark County District Library branches. EARLY BIRD TUITION is $350 for applications received by December 31, 2014. Partial tuition assistance is available for selected candidates from government, education and non-profit sectors.

The Academy, offered with support from the Stark County District Library, is designed to increase the understanding of local government and how it functions. The class is facilitated by Leadership Stark County with assistance from Professor Chet Bowling, The Ohio State University Extension. Participants meet and work with community leaders, focus on regionalism, and assess personal leadership practices. The curriculum includes:

  • Leadership skills, styles, and effective decision making
  • Local and regional economic development trends
  • Ohio Ethics training
  • Communication: working with citizens and with  the media

Past participants include:

Keith Bennett, Stark County Engineer

Tom Bernabei, Stark County Commissioner

Janet Creighton, Stark County Commissioner

Richard Currie, Mayor, Village of Hartville

Candace Daniels, Manager, Customer Services, United States Postal Service

Branden Dickerson, Assistant Prosecutor, City of Canton – Law Department

Anthony Flex, Plain Township Fiscal Officer

Frank Forchione, Judge, Stark County Court of Common Pleas

Julie Jakmides, Alliance City Council

C. Todd Locke, President, CEO, WRL Advertising

Michael Lynch, Nimishillen Township Trustee

Nancy Marion, North Canton School Board

Steven Meeks, Director, Jackson Belden Chamber of Commerce

David Myers. Project Manager/P.E.,P.S, Dawood Engineering

Chris Smith, Canton City Council

Mary Strukel, Massillon City School Board

Steven Tharp, Council, Village of Brewster

Tena Wilson, Executive Director, Stark County District Library

Patrick Wyatt, Senior Investigator, Nationwide Insurance

Applications for the Government Leadership Academy are now being accepted. For more information, contact Fran Wells, director, Leadership Stark County, at (330) 458-2094. Applications and more information about the program are available at LeadershipStarkCounty.org.

AultCare Fast Break Breakfast Announces Dynamic 2015 Line Up

FastBreakLogo.2**Valuable Discounted Season Passes Also On Sale Now for 2015**

The 2015 AultCare Fast Break Breakfast Series season has been announced, and discounted season passes are on sale now. The Canton Regional Chamber’s monthly AultCare Fast Break Breakfasts are held the second Friday of each month, when guests gather to hear compelling speakers, meet new business contacts and enjoy a hot breakfast buffet. Plus, each attendee has the opportunity to network and promote their business.

AultCare Fast Break Breakfasts are open to the public and held at the Courtyard by Marriott, 4375 Metro Cir. NW in Canton, from 7:30 to 9 a.m., with registration beginning at 7 a.m.

Buy a Season Pass and save $36 on a year’s worth of programs!

The $180 Season Ticket Books are an excellent value. Season passholders will pay just $15 per program ($3 off per ticket), the equivalent of attending two breakfasts free of charge. Beyond the discounted rate, season passholders are eligible for a special drawing each month, have access to the attendee contact list upon request, receive two complimentary guest passes for a friend or colleague, and receive special perks throughout the year.  

The 2015 AultCare Fast Break Breakfast Season Series (Jan – June) includes this dynamic lineup:

January 9: Selfies – You Win from Within!
Presented by Marvin Montgomery, the “sales doctor,” author/motivational speaker/trainer 

February 13: The Leadership “Color” Profile: What Your Color Says About You
Presented by Fran Wells, director, Leadership Stark County 

March 13: A Hall of Fame Team
Presented by David Baker, president/executive director, The Pro Football Hall of Fame  

April 10: Your CAK Game Plan for Staying Connected
Presented by Kristie Van Auken, senior vice president/chief marketing and communications officer, Akron-Canton Airport 

May 8: Leadership: The Difference Maker
Presented by Maria Stevens, owner, Stevens Coaching & Consulting LLC   

June 12: Marketing Our Region to Attract Business & Talent
Presented by Rick Batyko, president, Cleveland Plus

Visit CantonChamber.org to purchase a season ticket book, or contact Monique Thompson, events assistant, at moniquet@cantonchamber.org or (330) 458-2070 for more information.

FBB 2015

HOF Enshrinement Festival Announces Photo Contest Winners

In the 26th annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Contest sponsored by Western Reserve Group, professional photographer Dennis Valentine of Louisville won the coveted $250 “Best of Show” award for his shot of the Ultimate Fan Association in the TimkenSteel Grand Parade. Valentine also earned a $100 first place prize for his photo.

Valentine, Dennis - Best of Show TimkenSteel Parade

Other professional photographers winning prizes included Doug Froelich of North Canton, with a $100 first place photo of the Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks.

Tedd Perkins of Canton won $100 for his Drum Corps International Competition Tour of Champions first place photo. Perkins also earned a $25 honorable mention for his photo of the Balloon Classic/Jackson-Belden Food Fest & Fireworks.

Deb Penland of North Canton won $100 for her Ribs Burnoff first place photo and $25 honorable mention for her photo of the TimkenSteel Grand Parade.

Scott Morrison of Bowerston earned $50 from his honorable mention photos of the Ribs Burnoff and the Drum Corps International Competition Tour of Champions.

The non-professional category was led by Doug Froelich of North Canton who received $125 for his first place photo of the Pigskin Run and honorable mention for his Concert & Fireworks photo.

Stephen McNulty of North Canton received $200 for his first place photos of the Community Parade and Concert & Fireworks.

Doug Perry of Canton won $25 honorable mention for his photo of the Pigskin Run.

The winning photos (below) will be on display at the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography, located at 520 Cleveland Ave. N in downtown Canton, from Dec. 5 through Dec. 29. The photos are also showcased on the Enshrinement Festival’s Web site at www.profootballhofef.com.

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16 Blocks of Family Fun at Light Up Downtown on Dec. 4

Light Up Downtown CantonLight Up Downtown, the annual holiday ELFstravaganza in downtown Canton, is happening on Thursday, Dec. 4, from 5:30-8:30 pm. Presented by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, Light Up Downtown provides fun for the whole family, as 16 city blocks come alive with holiday-themed attractions, entertainment, refreshements and fun for children of all ages.

This year’s Light Up will feature Christopher Pop-In-Kins, every child’s favorite elf, in a musical main stage show that is sure to light your spirits. In addition, the show will feature community musical and dance acts, fantastic fireworks, and a very special visit from Santa.

More than 100 local performers will take to the stage along Market Square (301 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton). The event pre-show, sponsored by Mix 94.1, will run from 5:30-6:00 pm, with the stage show and fireworks immediately following.

After the show concludes, families can walk up and down Market Avenue, as local businesses open their doors to provide live entertainment, refreshments and activities.

Street Closings and Parking:
Light Up Downtown will run until 8:30 p.m. and will be held snow, rain or shine. Market Avenue will be closed from 7th Street S. to 6th Street N. to vehicle traffic from 4:30 to 10 p.m.

There will be plenty of free parking, both on-street and in the Timken High School and Stark County District Library parking lots, as well as parking in various decks and lots throughout downtown for a nominal fee, including: Millennium Parking Deck, located on the west side of Walnut Ave., between 2nd and 3rd St.; City Centre Parking Deck, located at 120 Cleveland Ave. S; and New Market Deck, located at 233 Market Ave. S.

Hat and Mitten Donations:
During the event, the Canton City Fire Department will distribute hats and mittens to children in need. Donations of new children’s hats and mittens should be dropped off at the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, or other downtown Canton locations, between now and the Light Up event. Visit  LightUpDowntown.com for a list of all donation locations.

Event sponsors include Key Bank along with AEP Ohio, Aultman, Quonset Hut, the City of Canton, Kenan Advantage Group, Downtown Canton Special Improvement District, H-P Products, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Chit Chat Coffee Shoppe & Cafe, Metro PCS, Motter & Meadows Architects, The Repository, Mix 94.1 and News-Talk 1480WHBC AM and PPI Graphics.

Visit  LightUpDowntown.com for more details. Light Up Downtown is also on Facebook.

About Christopher Pop-In-Kins™ and Imaginatives®
Christopher Pop-In-Kins, written and published in 1985 by Flora Johnson of Atwater, Ohio, is the award winning story of Santa’s “very first Children’s Elf.” Imaginatives is the creative team behind Christopher Pop-In-Kins. Located in Alliance, Ohio, Imaginatives specializes in the development, marketing and distribution of children’s books and toys. For more information, visit Christopher Pop-In-Kins online at  www.ChristopherPopInKins.com

Enshrinement Festival Wins IFEA Pinnacle Award

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival was recently recognized by the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) with a prestigious Gold Pinnacle Award for “Best Event Video” in the category of events with budgets over $1.5 million.

Awards were presented in 68 different categories at the 2014 IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards on September 29, 2014, during the IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Ceremony held at the IFEA’s 59th Annual Convention & Expo in Kansas City, Missouri.

Joanne Murray, director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, expressed appreciation to Larry Schock and Zachary Piette of PYEcom Home Video, who developed the event video from hundreds of hours of footage shot by the PYEcom team.  PYEcom and the Enshrinement Festival have won Gold every year since 2006 except one, when they came in with a Silver behind the Kentucky Derby.  Annual Enshrinement Festival overview DVDs are available for purchase at $24.95 each, plus shipping, by calling Chris Gumpp at 330.458.2055 or e-mailing chrisg@cantonchamber.org.
The professional competition drew entries from among the world’s top festivals and events. Winning entries came from organizations as diverse as Bumbershoot in Seattle, Washington; Boulevardia in Kansas City, MO; Denver Comic Con in Denver, CO; Philadelphia Flower Show in Philadelphia, PA; Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival in Temecula, CA; National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, and Luminato Festival in Toronto, ON, Canada.International contenders included such diverse event organizations as the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands; Misteria Paschalia Festival in Krakow, Poland; Hero Insolito in New Delhi, India; World Gourmet Summit, Singapore; Festival Lent, Maribor, Slovenia and the Seoul Cartoon & Animation Festival in Seoul, South Korea.
“The IFEA/Haas & Wilkerson Pinnacle Awards Competition recognizes the outstanding accomplishments and top quality creative, promotional, operational and community outreach programs and materials produced by festivals and events around the world,” stated IFEA President & CEO, Steven Wood Schmader. “Striving for the highest degree of excellence in festival and event promotions and operations in every budget level and every corner of the globe, this competition has not only raised the standards and quality of the festivals and events industry to new levels, but also shows how event producers can use innovation and creativity to achieve a higher level of success.”For a complete list of winners and more information on the IFEA, go to www.ifea.com.

Community Salute Winners Honored on Nov. 5

Joe_HalterJoseph R. Halter, Jr., founder and president of Solmet Technologies, Inc., will be recognized with the highest honor, the Award of Merit, at the upcoming Community Salute Awards.

The award will be presented along with four Awards of Appreciation on Wednesday, Nov. 5, at the Canton Regional Chamber’s Community Salute Awards dinner, held at The University Center – Kent State University at Stark. Tickets are available online for $50 at CantonChamber.org or by calling (330) 458-2070.

Community Salute Award of Appreciation winners include: Jeffrey Dreyer, president, Canton Financial, Early Childhood Resource Center, Kent State University at Stark, and Robert  L. Leibensperger, retired COO and President-Bearings, The Timken Company. A Special Award of Appreciation will be presented to Steven J. Katz, senior vice president, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Sponsors of this year’s Community Salute Awards (to date) include: ArtsinStark, Aultman, DeHoff Development Company, Gasser Jewelers, Northeast Ohio Medical University, Pro Football Hall of Fame, The Repository, Solmet Technologies, and The Timken Company.


Award of Merit

Canton native Joseph R. Halter, Jr., has been an active business and community leader for nearly 30 years. In addition to founding and leading Canton-based Solmet Technologies, Inc., he has committed much of his time to strengthening this community through his leadership and dedicated involvement. His service with numerous organizations truly imbodies the spirit of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce’s highest award, the Community Salute Award of Merit.

Halter is founding partner, president, and chief executive officer of Solmet Technologies, Inc., a local manufacturer of commercial open-die steel forgings serving the energy, fluid power, transportation, and metals fields which has been in operation since 1985. With a prime location in the Utica shale play, Solmet forges many of the parts used by oil and gas drillers in Ohio, West Virginia and Western Pennsylvania.

Halter has long been active in many Canton-area organizations. He has held numerous leadership roles, including service as Board of Trustees member and chair for the Stark County Arts Council, Arts in Stark, and Board of Trustees member for Goodwill Industries of East Central Ohio.

He is currently a member of the Aultman Health Foundation, Rotary Club of Canton and the Stark Development Board, having served each organization’s Board of Trustees as vice chair, president and chairman, respectively, and is Board of Trustee member for the Ohio Chamber of Commerce and Pro Football Hall of Fame. Halter is also a member of Stark Community Foundation’s Capital Campaigns Committee.

In 2013, he was appointed by Gov. John Kasich to serve on the Board of Directors for Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). In the same year, he also served as General Chairman of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, a volunteer position that helps lead 26 separate committees and provide oversight of the massive two-and-half-week festival.

Halter is a member of Brookside Country Club and Christ Presbyterian Church. A graduate of Ohio University, he currently resides with his wife, Nancy Cumler Halter, in Stark County. They have two grown children, Matt and Joseph, and two grandchildren.

Halter was nominated by Vicky Sterling, president of Pinnacle Press.

Awards of Appreciation

Jeffrey Dreyer is receiving an Award of Appreciation for enhancing the welfare of Stark County citizens through outstanding philanthropy to the community and its causes.

Dreyer’s five nominations revealed tireless dedication to developing the downtown arts community and many years of board service for numerous organizations. He has used his knowledge and expertise in finance and marketing to assist local artists with their financial strategies. He has also served as president of the Red Ribbon Connection, an organization that provided education, awareness and hope for the local HIV community.

Dreyer is a third-generation Cantonian. He attended Canton Country Day School and Glen Oak High School, and two years at Indiana University. After graduating from Kent State University, he returned to Canton and immediately became involved in the community.

His grandfathers, Leonard Steinberg and Ben Dreyer, as well as his father, Mark Dreyer, ran Canton-area businesses. Jeffrey Dreyer is continuing that tradition by being the 3rd generation to run Canton Financial. During his 47 years in Canton, he has served on the boards of many organizations (and helped fundraise for many more) including:

Friends of The Canton Ballet, Quest Alcohol & Drug Recovery Services, American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association, The Alzheimer’s Association, The Canton Preservation Society, The Red Ribbon Connection, Canton Credit Bureau, Canton Jewish Community Federation, Temple Israel Brotherhood, and Region 4 HIV Prevention and Education Planning Advisory Group.

Dreyer was nominated by Su Nimon, owner of Journey Art Gallery; Joy Dougan, public health nurse at Canton City Health Department; Judi Krew, owner of Snarky Art; Diane Thompson, director of nursing at Canton City Health Department; Pamela Gibbs, health services coordinator at Canton City Health Department.

The Early Childhood Resource Center is receiving an Award of Appreciation for enhancing the welfare of Stark County citizens for outstanding success in service.

In 2000, the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton established the Early Childhood Resource Center (ECRC) to provide high-quality education, resources, support, and advocacy for early childhood professionals and families with young children.

The ECRC offers a wide spectrum of resources that are found nowhere else in our region. By supporting both educators and families, the ECRC’s multi-faceted system of support helps young children thrive, both educationally and developmentally, as they grow to become the future of our community.

For families, the ECRC offers educational family programming and parenting education, both in its Cleveland Avenue facility and throughout the impoverished neighborhoods that need these resources the most.

For educators, the ECRC offers a wide variety of professional development opportunities and works directly with early learning centers to help them build strong relationships with families.

The ECRC works collaboratively, both locally and with state agencies and initiatives, to coordinate and develop training courses, disseminate information, and clarify requirements to ensure that educators have the tools and resources they need to work effectively with young children.

In 2012, Stark Education Partnership evaluated the ECRC’s impact on Stark County and concluded that the ECRC conservatively returns nearly $1,000,000 annually in direct benefits to the Stark County early childhood community.

The ECRC’s highly collaborative approach has established it as the cornerstone of the local early education and care community. It partners with a multitude of organizations and agencies that include the Canton City School District, the court system, the Department of Job and Family Services, Community Services, Help Me Grow, the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Stark County, and the Stark Metropolitan Housing Authority, among many others.

The Early Childhood Resource Center was nominated by Bradley Belden, board chair for the ECRC and director-support services at Belden Brick.

Kent State University at Stark is receiving an Award of Appreciation for enhancing the welfare of Stark County citizens through outstanding philanthropy to the community and its causes.

Kent State University at Stark serves the community far beyond its education programming. From use of its campus for community events like free one-day Melanoma screenings to hosting the Balloon Classic Invitation/Jackson-Belden Food Fest to its free concert and lecture series, KSU-Stark is truly the community’s campus.
Kent State University at Stark is the largest regional campus of Kent State University, serving more than 11,000 students each year, comprised of 6,600 enrolled in academic coursework and 4,500 enrolled in professional development courses, and offering bachelor’s, master’s and associate degrees, as well as the opportunity to begin coursework in the more than 250 bachelor’s degrees at Kent State University.

The only public university in Stark County, Kent State Stark is nestled on a beautiful, 200-acre campus in Jackson Township. The University Center, which houses The Corporate University and the Small Business Development Center, is accredited under the stringent guidelines of the International Association of Conference Centers.

Combining a top-quality major university with a community-oriented college, Kent State Stark serves our region as a key intellectual resource, providing access to academic, economic and cultural advancement through excellence in teaching and learning.

Kent State University at Stark was nominated by Jim Porter, publisher of The Repository/Gatehouse Ohio Media, and Dr. John Humphrey, executive director, North Canton Medical Foundation.

Robert L. Leibensperger is receiving an Award of Appreciation for initiating and completing a short-term activity resulting in widespread benefits to the community.

Leibensperger, a longtime Canton Symphony Orchestra board member, spearheaded the Capital Campaign to build the Zimmermann Symphony Center and provide a permanent home for the Canton Symphony Orchestra.

Born near Allentown, Pennsylvania, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1960 and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Akron University in 1970.  He started his career with The Timken Company in 1960 as a Sales Engineer but spent most of his career on the technical side of the business, eventually serving as VP Technology for 10 years. He retired in 2000 as Chief Operating Officer of the Timken Company and President-Bearings.

Leibensperger’s present community volunteer activities include board positions for the Canton Symphony Orchestra (Past Chairman), McKinley Presidential Library and Museum (Secretary), Stark Community Foundation Capital Campaigns Committee, Stark County Schools’ Business Advisory Council, Akron University’s Engineering Dean’s Advancement Council and Mechanical Engineering Advisory Council (Past Chairman), Kent State Stark Advisory Councils, Church Council member at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (Past President) and President of the Nobles Pond Homeowners’ Association.

His hobbies are antique cars, woodworking, industrial history and Leibensperger genealogy. He and Donna, his wife of 54 years, live in Jackson Township.  Their son Kurt and his wife, Pam, live in Green with grandchildren Megan, Andrew, and Kristen.

Leibensperger was nominated by Michelle Mullaly, executive director of the Canton Symphony Orchestra.

Steven J. Katz is receiving a Special Award of Appreciation for his outstanding service to the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the city of Canton, and the local business community. In January 2015, Katz plans to retire from the Canton Regional Chamber, after nearly 33 years of employment.

Katz has served as senior vice president of the Canton Regional Chamber for nine years. His primary responsibilities include economic development, government affairs, human resources and he works closely with the president and CEO regarding internal operations. He also oversees some aspects of events, finance and information systems for the Chamber. Katz joined the Chamber in 1982 as manager of Government Affairs and has also served as vice president of Economic Development and Government Affairs.

Katz graduated from Kent State University with a master’s degree in public administration. He is a member of the Stark Labor Management Council, and sits on the board of Employment Source, Canton Community Improvement Corporation and the Stark Development Board Finance Corporation. He and his wife, Karyn, have two children, Elizabeth and Eric.Katz was nominated by Kelly Haer, business manager of OhioMeansJobs.

Utica Summit II Brings Top Industry Leaders to Canton on Oct. 14

Main logoAn ethane cracker plant, which can “crack” Utica natural gas into ethylene (one of the building blocks of plastics and chemicals) is anticipated in Ohio. This is an important step for the Utica shale play and “downstream” manufacturers who rely on these products.

The Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, The Repository, and ShaleDirectories.com brought the first conversation about these topics to the Utica and Northeast Ohio in 2013 at its initial Utica Summit, and the same partnership is advancing the conversation at Utica Summit II.

This event is happening Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014, at The University Center, Kent State University at Stark (6000 Frank Ave. NW, North Canton, OH 44720).

Utica Summit II will be a forum for high-level conversation about what is possible, now and in the future, all because of the technology that permits horizontal drilling of the shale plays in the United States. The event will explore the downstream benefits of the Utica Shale energy boom:

  • What will natural gas and the natural gas liquids mean for sustainable manufacturing in Ohio, the Northeast and the United States as a whole?
  • What is the latest on the proposed ethane cracker in Ohio and whether it will bring new plastics manufacturers to its doorstep?
  • If you want to ship coast to coast by natural gas-fueled trucks, how soon can you rely on a network of fueling stations?
  • From the perspective of federal government policy, what could happen to help or harm the development of America’s rich shale?

View the tentative agenda here.

“The downstream benefits of Utica natural gas are exciting for this region because it means we can build and grow sustainable business with Utica energy,” said Dennis P. Saunier, Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce president and CEO.

The event is intended to bring people together to talk about what can be done to fuel transportation across the United States with Utica energy, to build sustainable businesses powered by Utica energy, and to grow businesses that use Utica energy as its raw product to create industrial and consumer goods.

“We expect to host over 200 people from the oil and gas industry, as well as government and universities,” added Repository Publisher Jim Porter. “We have a full lineup of nationally and internationally known speakers from companies that are doing extraordinary work in this industry.”

Who Should Attend?

  • Based on past events we anticipate attendees from mid-market companies, government entities and educational institutions.
  • Companies working directly and indirectly in the oil and gas industry who are seeking to learn about the future developments in the Utica Shale.
  • CEOs and C-Level managers across many industries looking for strategic growth opportunities as the result of lower energy and feedstock costs.
  • Controllers, CFOs and finance directors searching for ways to effectively reduce costs through the use of LNG/CNG driven vehicles.

Utica Summit II Speakers:

Our speakers will lead us in discussions regarding what the Utica Shale means to manufacturing, transportation, job creation and more:

Rayola Dougher, Senior Economic Advisor, American Petroleum Institute
Tom Gellrich, Founder, TopLine Analytics of Philadelphia, and an expert on the ethane market
Christopher Guith, Senior Vice President for Policy, US Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy
Dr. Iryna Lendel, Assistant Director of the Center for Economic Development at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, the academic leader in Utica economic research
Anthony J. Palmer, Vice President, IHS Chemical Consulting
Bill Renz,
General Manager for GAIN® Clean Fuel, which is helping to build the CNG fueling network across the nation
Michael Taylor, Senior Director for International Affairs and Trade at SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association

Register now at www.uticasummit.com or by calling Monique Thompson at (330) 458-2070. Tickets are $250 per person, or $1,500 for a table of six. Questions or inquiries can be directed to David Kaminski, director of energy and public affairs for the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce at (330) 458-2059.