Policy Conference at Salt Fork

The Opportunity Ahead

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. The 2019 conference will take place September 4-6 at Salt Fork State Park in northeast of Cambridge.

The Ohio Chamber has reserved the entire lodge and many of the cabins for this event. All registration is done through the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. Registration is now open by clicking the red button below.


Wednesday, September 4

6:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

7:00 p.m.

Dinner and Program

Who better to kick off a conference attended primarily by a politically-minded crowd of Ohioans than Kyle Kondik, the person who literally wrote the book explaining Ohio’s remarkable record as a predictor of presidential results? An Ohio native, Kondik is the managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball, the University of Virginia Center for Politics’ authoritative, nonpartisan newsletter on American campaigns and elections, and the author of The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President. A native Ohioan, he is a graduate of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, and a former reporter, editorial page editor, and political columnist at newspapers in Northeast Ohio. Kondik is going to tell us if the Buckeye State will again find itself in the thick of the next presidential race and share his insightful observations about the Ohio and national political scenes.

8:30 p.m.

Hospitality Suites

 Thursday, September 5

7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet

9:00-9:45 a.m.

JobsOhio’s Focused Future

In 2011, JobsOhio was created with the goal of being a more efficient economic development engine that would “move at the speed of business.” Eight years later, JobsOhio is going through a transition phase, bringing in a new president and some new Board members, with a new focus on transparency. How will these changes impact the culture and mission of JobsOhio to drive job creation and new capital investment in Ohio? On hand to tell us about these changes will be the new JobsOhio President and Chief Investment Officer, J.P. Nauseef.

9:45-10:45 a.m.

Employer Perspectives on Today’s Health Care Benefits Challenges & Opportunities

Health care costs continue to be the number one issue of concern to Ohio business leaders. Hear directly from the professionals who make the health care purchasing decisions at their companies on what their biggest health care cost drivers are, the steps they’re taking to try to control these costs, and how government actions could help mitigate – or exacerbate – the problem.

10:45-11:00 a.m.



Transportation Needs of Ohio’s Workforce

The transportation industry is facing unprecedented disruption, ignited primarily by emerging technologies. At the same time, many employers are struggling to attract and retain talented workers. These two issues are more related than we might think. How can we ensure everyone can be easily connected to job opportunities and the economic opportunity they represent? What changes in infrastructure are necessary to meet the needs of new technologies and various modes of transportation, and what regional initiatives are already in place to meet the needs of daily commuters? Our panelists will explore what the near future (2025) may look like as these newer technologies advance and the habits of a younger workforce come into focus.

12 Noon

Box lunches available


  • Golf Tournament
  • Recreational Boating
  • Pool Party
  • Journey to The Wilds

6:30 p.m.


7:30 p.m.

Dinner and Program

Capital Square Has Talent

Featuring performances by lawmakers and lobbyists, this fun, musical revue will satirize events and personalities familiar around Capital Square. There are many talented folks that work in politics and advocacy, and this unique showcase will reveal some of the talents that go unnoticed within the halls and committee rooms of the Statehouse.

8:30 p.m.

Hospitality Suites

Friday, September 6

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Strengthening the Foundations of Ohio Communities

The idea of families and friends, businesses and churches, local governments and schools all working together to forge an integrated, neighborly community is a staple of American society. But technological innovations and societal changes have created new challenges while, at the same time, we’re also experiencing a decline in civic engagement. Some of these challenges may be beyond the scope of what public policy alone can solve, so many companies are stepping in to fill the gap. They’re leading the way with innovative, community-based initiatives designed to reignite civic engagement, tackle societal problems, and strengthen our communities.

10:00-10:15 a.m.


10:15-11:30 a.m.

Fall Legislative Preview

Key Ohio General Assembly leaders will share what opportunities they think lie ahead for Ohio and for the remainder of the 133rd General Assembly.

11:30-11:45 a.m.


Thank you to our sponsors:

  • AEP
  • Anheuser Busch
  • AT&T
  • Calfee, Halter & Griswold
  • CareWorksComp
  • Charter
  • Consumer Energy Alliance
  • Delta Dental of Ohio
  • Duke Energy
  • Ford Motor Co.
  • Impact Ohio
  • Metro Chambers Coalition
  • Ohio Aggregates & Industrial Minerals Association
  • Ohio Beverage Association
  • Ohio Chamber of Commerce Research Foundation
  • Ohio Salon Association
  • Ohio Electric Utility Institute
  • Ohio Lobbying Association
  • Sanofi
  • Strategic Public Partners

For more information on Salt Fork State Park and everything it has to offer, click here.