Ohio EPA's 10th compliance conference in October was, again, a huge success. We started from rather humble beginnings with 77 people at our first event in 2005 and have grown over the years to now selling out at record pace with 350 participants (or more) over the past several years.
The success and growth of the conference is attributable to not only the commitment of the attendees, but to the work and commitment of those behind-the-scenes, the presenters and the facility. It really is a lot of work, but I truly believe we are paid back by the relationships we’re establishing and the benefits we're providing to our regulated entities. Our goal is to make it the best experience for our attendees and I think we've hit that mark time and again.
The feedback from this year’s event was the most positive we’ve ever received. Every single breakout session got excellent reviews and all speakers got high marks as well. I think the quotes above highlight how many people felt.
The success of this conference, along with the interactions between the Agency and regulated entities during the event and moving forward really do have a lasting impact and have put Ohio EPA on the national map in terms of our outreach efforts. We continuously have other states ask us how we’ve built such a successful program, including wanting to come and observe our conference to help build their own. Thanks again — we are looking forward to seeing you at future events!
Laurie Stevenson, Chief