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Tech expert Klososky to be keynote speaker at SW Va. Economic Forum

Staff reports • May 11, 2019 at 10:30 PM

WISE — The SW Va. Economic Forum kicks off May 15 at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise’s David J. Prior Convocation Center.

Scott Klososky, the founding partner of Oklahoma City-based digital strategy and cybersecurity firm TriCorps Technologies, will be the keynote speaker for the event, themed “Transforming Through Technology.”

Klososky, known for his ability to accurately predict digital trends and provide the logic behind why those trends will alter the status quo, is also the founder of several technology startup companies. That experience has helped him gain a unique perspective into technology’s impact on industry and humanity.

At TriCorps, Klososky developed a pioneering integrated security model which targets security from three directions: physical security, surveillance, and cybersecurity, providing a systematic approach to organizational security. TriCorps Technologies represents a merger between Future Point of View, a digital strategy firm he founded in 2007, and TriCorps Cybersecurity, a venture he co-founded in 2015.

The SW Va. Economic Forum allows those attending to discuss new ideas and work collaboratively to build Southwest Virginia’s future. Breakout sessions will explore strategies to take advantage of the efficiencies that technology allows. There will be business, economic development and community wellness tracks for both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Mary Trigiani, senior vice president of New People’s Bank, will moderate “A Conversation with Rusty Justice, Dario Marquez and Wendy Marquez: Technology in Appalachia.”

Kris Phillips of Global Growth Advisors LLC will discuss technology, office headquarters, manufacturing, distribution and real estate development projects. The session will provide an overview of Opportunity Zones and Virginia House Bill 222 and how these incentives could be attractive for businesses and their employees. Virginia Delegate Will Morefield, sponsor of the legislation, will at the forum to answer questions regarding the bill.

In the afternoon economic development breakout, Phillips will lead a discussion of challenges to attracting tech companies. He will share experiences from the recruitment process and discuss the importance of partnerships with the state and county to develop some unprecedented, creative solutions.

Casey Carringer, director of clinical engagement for Ballad Health, will facilitate the community wellness session. The session will focus on what factors shape the health and well-being of a region.

Dr. Gil Patterson will lead community the wellness session “One Health: Connecting SWVA.” One Health is a philosophy that recognizes the interconnectedness of human, animal, and environmental health.

Sandy Ratliff of Virginia Community Capital will moderate the afternoon business track. She will focus on applications and tips to make a business more profitable and efficient.

Citizens, educators and community and business leaders are encouraged to attend the forum. Visit https://www.uvawise.edu/economicforum/ to review the complete agenda and obtain more details on the breakout sessions. Follow the SW Va. Economic Forum on social media @SWVA_Econ_Forum for event updates.

Register by visiting: https://swvaforum19.eventbrite.com/.