Meet Author Rebecca A. Fannin

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Author and tech journalist Rebecca A. Fannin will discuss her latest book Silicon Heartland: Transforming the Midwest from Rust Belt to Tech BeltThe event will be moderated by Jon Winkel, past CEO of the Stamford Partnership, and a newly appointed executive at The Village.

In Silicon Heartland, Fannin returns to her hometown region to report on how tech ecosystems—entrepreneurial talent, venture capital, accelerators, incubators, universities, and R&D—are retooling midsized heartland cities and Appalachian towns. Remote regions that were nearly forgotten when the money and power shifted to Silicon Valley—and to China—are being rebooted and reenergized like never before. This movement of tech startups burgeoning in Middle America bodes well not only for leading the region to greater heights, but also for boosting our economy and morale nationwide.

Books will be available for purchase by Elm Street Books.

Rebecca A. Fannin is a journalist, author, and media entrepreneur who grew up in the Ohio heartland town of Lancaster. After graduating from Ohio University and working at Dayton's morning newspaper, she left the Appalachian foothills for new horizons in New York City and Silicon Valley, became a contributor for CNBC, and wrote for Forbes and Harvard Business Review, among others.