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How AWS Is Helping to Shape the Future of Central Ohio

May 24, 2023 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

| TIGER Talk

8000 Walton Parkway Suite 200
New Albany, OH 43054 United States

WENESDAY 5/24/23, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

IN-PERSON at Innovate New Albany, 8000 Walton Pkwy, Suite 200, New Albany, OH 43054

Be ready to interact with our presenters and your fellow participants.

And, please arrive at 11:30 am. Enjoy lunch. Mingle. Make new friends.

Innovate New Albany is excited to partner with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to present this special TIGER Talk as a part of our ongoing series.

Data centers make possible everything that happens on the internet. Every business uses computers and data centers to operate their online applications, provide online services to customers, sell products online, manage inventory and run operations for their internal operations such as accounting, human resources, logistics and other operations. All this is done with data centers and is being done in New Albany and across Central Ohio.

The Columbus region was selected seven years ago by AWS to be the site for their third U.S. data center region, and the first one to be located in the Midwest. The presence of data centers in Central Ohio has helped pave the way for the many other high-tech facilities and jobs that are now coming to the area.

Our AWS presenters, Rocale Timmons and Nick Lee-Romagnolo, will be sharing insights on AWS’s local and regional impact in Ohio and the way AWS thinks about workforce development in its infrastructure regions . Come learn how AWS is playing a significant role in shaping the future of Central Ohio.


Rocale Timmons is an Economic Development Principal for AWS. Rocale draws on more than 16 years of creating investment value, offering high-level strategic perspective and varied expertise on all facets of complex, commercial real estate projects. In her current role, she brings expertise, process, and resources to negotiations with AWS host communities and economic development organizations (EDOs) in support of the efficient, economic expansion and operation of AWS Infrastructure globally.

Prior to joining AWS, Rocale was the Sr. Vice President of Planning and Development at SECO Development and worked with a team of professionals to conceptualize, underwrite, design and execute SECO’s real estate requirements and planning initiatives. Development projects include: 4.5+ MSF of commercial space; 1,300+ multi-family units; and 250+ single-family dwellings, valued at $3+ Billion.

Rocale holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a minor in Urban Planning and an Executive Master of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington. She was also recently named one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” and Seattle Business Magazine’s “Daring Women.”

Nicholas Lee-Romagnolo is Program Manager for AWS Economic and Workforce Development team. In his current role, he works with the workforce development apparatus in AWS infrastructure communities, especially community colleges and vocational schools, to build, improve and expand pathways into high-demand roles related to the infrastructure of the internet. Previously, he worked with AWS to collaborate with Higher Education institutions to build flexible, stackable pathways in the teaching and learning of cloud computing competencies across states in the US. He comes to this work by way of public education, first as a 4th grade, middle school, and high school teacher, then as the founder of a Charter High School in East Palo Alto, CA. After his work in the Bay Area, he helped to build an online teacher professional development and media company called Teaching Channel and built curriculum and implementation resources for Agile Mind at the University of Texas at Austin. From 2014-2018 he was the Director of Mathematics, then Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Newark Public Schools in Newark, New Jersey.

Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Biology from Stanford University and a Master of Arts in Education Administration from San Francisco State University.


Like all TIGER 🐯 Events, this one is FREE.


11:30 am – Lunch / Socializing

11:50 am – Introduce yourself to all fellow participants (your “best 20 seconds”)

12:05 pm – Hand-off to Rocale & Nick

1:00 pm – Wrap / T-Shirt Drawing / More Socializing

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May 24, 2023
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
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Innovate New Albany
8000 Walton Parkway Suite 200
New Albany, OH 43054 United States
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