Policy Conference at Salt Fork

Since 1989, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce has been hosting the Policy Conference at Salt Fork, commonly referred by our veteran attendees as just “Salt Fork.” It is a nationally recognized, one-of-a-kind, public policy networking event. Held in off-election years, the goal of this program has been to bring together the members of the Ohio General Assembly with public affairs professionals in a relaxed setting, rather than under the Statehouse dome, to discuss issues that are being debated on Capitol Square. This year, the conference will take place September 6-8 at Salt Fork State Park in Guernesy County.

While the full agenda is still in the planning stages, we are excited to announce that our opening night speaker is J.D. Vance, New York Times best-selling author of Hillbilly Elegy. Mr. Vance grew up in Middletown, Ohio and Hillbilly Elegy serves as a memoir of his life growing up in Appalachia and the struggles he and his family endured. Having recently relocated to Columbus after working for a venture capital firm in California, Mr. Vance will speak about what his family taught him and his vision for the future. Other speakers will be announced soon.

Thursday afternoon activities include: golf, tennis, boating or a tour to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. Please sign up for just 1 activity. If you don’t want to do an activity, the outdoor and indoor pools at the lodge are open for you to use.


Schedule: (For a more detailed schedule with speakers, click here.)

Wednesday, September 6
Noon Registration Opens
Afternoon boxed lunch and activities
6:00 p.m. Poolside reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner & program with J.D. Vance
Hospitality suites following dinner

Thursday, September 7
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Policy sessions
12:30 p.m. Afternoon activities – golf, tennis, boating, tour to Pro Football Hall of Fame or pool party
6:00 p.m. Poolside reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Capitol Square Has Talent
Hospitality suites following dinner

Friday, September 8
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Policy sessions
Noon adjourn

Please Note: Unfortunately, there are only a limited number of guest rooms available at the salt Fork State Park Lodge. While the Ohio Chamber has reserved every one of them for our Policy Conference, there simply aren’t enough to permit every guest to reserve his or her own room. As a result, you will likely have to share a room with another conference attendee. We cannot accommodate requests for individual rooms. If you do not request a roommate, we will assign you one. ***Entering a roommate’s name here DOES NOT register that roommate for the conference. They must fill out their own form or you must “add them as a guest” on the registration form.

We also have 25 cabins that sleep 6 people and come with air conditioning, wi-fi, full kitchen, living area, 2 bedrooms, full bath and screened in porch. Cabins are also available on a first come, first serve basis and are great for groups who want to stay together. Cabins will sleep 6.

Dress is resort casual.

REGISTER TODAY! ALL attendees can register online

OR if you prefer to register by mail, use the appropriate forms below.

Nonlegislators, if you prefer to mail in your registration payment, use this form to register.

Legislators, register using this form Registration legislators.

If you would like to donate an item to be placed in the gift bag given to all attendees, please use this gift bag form.

Thank you to our sponsors:

AEP Ohio
Anheuser-Busch Inc.
Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce
Charter Communications
Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber
Columbus Chamber of Commerce
Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce
Delta Dental Plan of Ohio
Dominion Energy Ohio
Duke Energy
FedEx Corporation
Ford Motor Co.
Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce
Greater Cleveland Partnership
Humana, Inc.
Ohio Cable Telecommunications Association
Ohio Electric Utility Institute
Ohio Lobbying Association
Ohio Soft Drink Association
Sanofi US
Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber