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Tactics for boosting innovation in the public sector were discussed at the Voinovich School’s Strategic Partners Alliance meeting last Thursday.

Photographer: Kelly Krivicich

Voinovich partners meeting

The Strategic Partners Alliance exists to develop and implement practical solutions to challenges facing the region,

Photographer: Kelly Krivicich

Voinovich partners meeting

The forum, titled "Public Sector Innovation," was led by alliance co-chairs former U.S. Sen. George V. Voinovich and David Wilhelm, founder of Woodland Ventures.

Photographer: Kelly Krivicich

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Voinovich School partners discuss importance of innovation


Tactics for boosting innovation in the public sector were discussed at the Voinovich School's Strategic Partners Alliance meeting last Thursday.

The forum, titled "Public Sector Innovation," was led by alliance co-chairs former U.S. Sen. George V. Voinovich and David Wilhelm, founder of Woodland Ventures and a former informal adviser to the Obama administration.

Mark Weinberg, director of the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, said the topics discussed can be applied to the School’s three program areas: entrepreneurship and regional development, energy and the environment, and policy innovation and strategic leadership.
 
"[The conversation] provided us with a more targeted focus to our academic and applied programs in public affairs and draws on the expertise and experience of the school's name sake and famous Ohio University graduate, Senator Voinovich," Weinberg said.

Voinovich opened the discussion by noting the need for fiscal conservatism in the current financial climate. He drew upon experiences from his time as mayor of Cleveland when the city turned to the private sector for help.

"I happen to believe that because of the lack of state money and local money, that we’re going to need more public-private partnerships than any time in our life," Voinovich said.

Wilhelm emphasized the need for more innovation in the public sector. As an example, he pointed to the abundance of books about private innovation, many of which are best sellers.

"There are no books on public innovation. There are no books on public strategies," Wilhelm said. "That's a problem, I think, regardless of your party, that there isn’t the energy and thinking."

Established in 2008, the Strategic Partners Alliance consists of a wide range of external partners associated with the Voinovich School. Among its aims, the group exists to develop and implement practical solutions to challenges facing the region, including economic development.