Government Day was created to help business leaders navigate government complexity, facilitate connections with elected officials and key stakeholders, and raise the collective voice of the Columbus Region business community at the local, state and federal levels of government.

Government Day 2018

Tuesday, October 16

Hilton Columbus Downtown (Map)
401 N. High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Registration for this event is now closed. If you any questions, please feel free to contact

Featured Presentations

Morning Program
Women in Leadership: Impact on Public Policymaking
This panel of talented experts will highlight the impact of women in leadership positions, whether in business or in office, on public policymaking. It is well proven that diverse perspectives positively impact internal business operations in a myriad of ways, but this panel will explore how female leaders uniquely influence and shape the external policymaking process, focusing on issues of interest to the business community.
Moderated by Cathy Lyttle, Worthington Industries
Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Ohio’s 3rd District
Allison Dembeck, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Lunch Program
Hear from both gubernatorial campaigns as they separately discuss their respective visions for the future of Ohio and positions on issues of importance to Chamber members.
Richard Cordray, Democratic Candidate for Governor
Jon Husted, Republican Candidate for Lieutenant Governor

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Breakout Topic Discussions

Competitive Business Climate: A Federal Update on How Washington Impacts Columbus Region Businesses
Jenny DiJames, Alignment Government Strategies
Pat Tiberi, Ohio Business Roundtable
Jon Baselice, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Congressman Steve Stivers, Ohio’s 15th District

Education & Workforce: Talent Attraction Legislation & Legal Implications for Small Businesses
Shannon Hardin, Columbus City Council
Alana Jochum, Equality Ohio
G. Michael Payton, Ohio Civil Rights Commission

Transportation and Infrastructure Funding:
Creating and Connecting to Jobs and Growing the Region’s Economy
Adrian Burns, Columbus Chamber of Commerce & CRLC
Joanna Pinkerton, COTA
Rocky Moretti, TRIP
Rahul Gupta, Deloitte

Political Engagement: A Lesson on How to Effectively Interact with Your Elected Officials
Derrick Clay, New Visions Group LLC 
Ohio Senator Stephanie Kunze, Ohio District 16
Joe Gilligan, Office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown
State Representative Hearcel Craig, District 26

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8 – 8:30 AM  |  Registration
8:30 – 10 AM  |  Welcome & Morning Program
10 – 10:30 AM  |  Networking 
10:30 – 11:30 AM  |  Topic Discussions
11:30 – 11:45 AM  |  Networking
11:45 AM – 1:15 PM  |  Lunch Program

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Individual registration: $129
Table of 10 – Members: $949
Table of 10 – Non-members: $1,249

Ticket purchases are considered non-refundable. This is a ticketless event. 

For reporting purposes, if you choose to accept a complimentary ticket, you will be included on our JLEC filing as the recipient of a gift from the Columbus Chamber of Commerce in the amount of $129. Municipal elected officials may also have to report the ticket as a gift on your financial disclosure statement.


There are a number of parking options at the Hilton Columbus Downtown. Please view a parking map here.

For more information

Please contact or 614-225-6950.

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