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Community Economic Development

The Voinovich School has a 30-year history of working with communities, both small and large, in Appalachian Ohio and throughout the state on a broad range of technical assistance projects. Projects include data-informed strategic planning, transportation planning, facilitating economic growth plans, marketing public assets, and managing resources.

Also included in the services provided by the School are economic impact studies. These studies quantify how a change in one sector of the local economy affects employment, purchasing, and tax revenues in other sectors of the local economy. The Voinovich School has a well established reputation for conducting a wide range of economic impact studies tailored to the specific needs of clients and research partners in the public and private sectors.

NOTICE: Employment Dashboard Tool now available

Funded in part by the US Economic Development Administration, the Employment Dashboard is a user friendly tool for quickly accessing industry employment data for three levels of geography in Ohio.  The Employment Dashboard tool can be accessed online at: http://voinovichschool.ohio.edu/employment/index.html

For more information on our community economic development services please contact:
Robin Stewart, stewarr@ohio.edu, 740-593-9564

Example Projects

All Projects 

Ohio Benefit Bank

The Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks, with funding from the Columbus Foundation, commissioned the Voinovich School to conduct a statewide study on the impact of The Ohio Benefit Bank. The purpose of this study was to assess how The Benefit Bank’s online service influenced client decisions to apply for certain benefits, and how those benefits impact clients. The Voinovich School used a three-phase longitudinal telephone survey of Ohio Benefit Bank clients.

Link to the report

Tags: Community and Economic Development

Community Action Agencies: Strengthening Ohio’s Communities

Commissioned by the Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies, the goal of this project was to identify, document, and assess exemplary practices in community economic development initiatives initiated by or in partnership with Ohio’s Community Action Agencies. Through analysis of reporting data and 35 interviews with agency administrators, the Voinovich School developed an Executive Summary, emphasizing innovative strategies by community action agencies, a Technical Report detailing 25 case studies of exemplary programs, and a Community Economic Development Toolkit to help promote exemplary economic development practices in all community action agencies.

Executive Summary

Technical Report

Community Education Development Toolkit

Tags: Community and Economic Development

Appalachian Housing Initiative (2013)

In 2010, the Ohio CDC Association received funding from the Ohio Housing Finance Agency and the Ohio Development Services Agency for a study to identify reasons for the lack of affordable housing in the Appalachian region. As part of a multi-pronged research effort, the Voinovich School conducted three web surveys, five focus groups, and twelve interviews to create recommendations for increasing the availability of quality affordable housing in Appalachian Ohio.

Link to the report

Tags: Community and Economic Development