Mobility Summit Postponed to July 2021

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Smart Mobility Summit originally planned for this summer will instead be held in 2021. 

Originally scheduled to take place July 16 and 17 at the Covelli Centre, the event will now be held July 15 and 16, 2021, amid public health concerns stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak.

Announced during Gov. Mike DeWine’s Cabinet Day in the Mahoning Valley in December, the summit will focus on automated and connected smart mobility technology. It will feature live demonstrations, vendor exhibits and guest speakers focused on automated and connected smart mobility solutions for ground and air transportation.

The event’s organizers – Ohio Department of Transportation, DriveOhio, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments and Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber  – said they were postponing the event in “the interest of public health” during the outbreak. 

“We’re fortunate to have a great leader like Gov. Mike DeWine, who continues to put the health and safety of Ohioans first,” said Patrick Smith, interim executive director of DriveOhio.

“The concern for the public health and safety is our top priority,” said Jim Kinnick, Eastgate’s executive director. “We will focus on hosting the 2021 Smart Mobility Summit, once we are through this pandemic, with greater determination to showcase automated, connected and electric vehicle technologies in the state of Ohio.”

Eastgate representatives will contact ticket holders to issue refunds.

“Over the last three months we received inquiries from all over the country from companies wanting to participate,” said Guy Coviello, president of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber Foundation. “I have no doubt that by putting some distance between the event and the coronavirus crisis we will have an extremely successful inaugural Ohio Smart Mobility Summit.”

“Though it’s now farther out than anticipated, this summit will be a great opportunity for local communities, government, industry, and research institutions to discuss collaborative initiatives around automated, connected, electric, and shared technologies in Ohio,” Smith added.

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