Economic Impact Report

Letter from the President

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Ohio University is a major engine of economic growth in Southeast Ohio. This point was recently driven home with the publication of Ohio University's Economic Impact Report, which you may view through the website. Titled "Ohio University: Educating Students, Impacting Communities," the extensive report documents the value of our University's many ongoing activities and enterprises through our role as an employer, educator, research institution and regional steward.

Among its findings, the report shows that Ohio University generated approximately $1.5 billion in economic impact on the state of Ohio in 2012, and up to $104 million in state and local tax revenue in 2012 by activity associated with the university. Ohio University spending also supports more than 14,300 full-time and part-time jobs.

The concept of Ohio University as a driving economic force is a commitment we embrace. Since our founding in 1804, Ohio University has played a pivotal role in the development of Southeast Ohio, and our service to the region and the state continues. In 2012 alone, we estimate that our University community volunteered 1.4 million hours – a contribution valued at more than $25.4 million!

In order to maintain this rich tradition, Ohio University will continue to supplement our educational offerings with impactful community action programs and meaningful service learning initiatives. We also will need to think strategically about how best to invest our limited resources to insure that our past accomplishments are but a prologue to future achievements for the benefit of our region, the state and the world. 

Thank you for taking time to learn about Ohio University's economic impact. It is my hope that this report will enable you to experience our University and the opportunities it affords in a deeper way. Furthermore, I hope it will aid your understanding of the great responsibility that each of us has undertaken as caretakers of our community.




Impact News

NASA seeks contracts with wide range of regional small businesses at Ohio University conference
Annual Appalachian Ohio State of the Region conference to focus on rural wealth creation
EDA funds Voinovich School to show businesses how to do well by doing good
LIGHTS program supports Appalachian entrepreneurs during first year of operations
Ohio University Small Business Development Center receives top state award for Overall High Performance by a Center
Ohio University program helped businesses win more than $395 million in government contracts
PepsiCo and Keep America Beautiful award Rural Action and Ohio University grant to promote event recycling
Two Ohio University teams selected for I-Corps@Ohio 2017 cohort
Voinovich School EDA grant provides Adams County support for impacts of DP&L closures
Appalachian Ohio State of the Region conference open for registration
April marks first celebration of Osteopathic Medicine Recognition Month in Ohio
Registration now open to compete for cash prizes in the 2017 Expo Pitch Competition
Hunger strikes a win at Startup Weekend Athens
Donatos gives a good pizza, and a good presentation
The Future of Environmental Politics and Communication
EDA awards Voinovich School $144K in funding to impact regional economic development
Four Ohio University teams move from research to commercialization through I-Corp@Ohio
Local businesses to talk about “Rising from the Ashes” of Union Street Fire
Donatos founder joins Ohio University’s Women in Entrepreneurship Day
The man of many lessons resides in Copeland 409A
Homecoming 2016 promises to Paint the Town Green
Job fair at Ohio University Lancaster September 30th
MSES graduate returns to Athens to give horses a Second Chance
Ohio University SBDC named Excellence & Innovation Center of the Year
Ohio University receives Deshpande Symposium award for technology commercialization excellence
New Grants Fund Continued Research, Outreach for EM's Portsmouth, Paducah Sites
On- and Off-Campus Student Move Out Recycling and Reuse Efforts a Huge Success
Four Ohio University teams selected for I-Corps@Ohio 2016 cohort
Alumnus honored for outstanding public service at OHIO State Government Alumni Luncheon
Appalachian Ohio State of the Region conference explores regional business ecosystem
Voinovich School to host 2016 national CUPSO conference
Innovation Center and graduate Ecolibrium Solar receive top international business awards
Rising Startup Stars announced for southeast Ohio’s Fourth Annual Innovation Celebration
Register today for the Fourth Annual Innovation Celebration
Bobcat Idea Pitch Competition registration ends March 11
Center for Entrepreneurship hosts Commercialization and Entrepreneurship Luncheon with 2015 Konneker Medal recipients
Upcoming event to celebrate notable OHIO alumna’s book release
Crushing mediocrity: The sure way to become a world changer
Upcoming events to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week with two renowned speakers
Four ways to protect your intellectual property
Ohio University Voinovich School, APEG partner on $2.5M SBA award
Preview the transformation of food waste to fuel at bioenergy open house
Ohio University – a catalyst for entrepreneurial growth
TechGROWTH Ohio Wins Statewide Excellence Award for Outstanding Finance Program
Voinovich School founding partner in I-Corps@Ohio program to accelerate commercialization of university research
Heritage College mobile clinic contributes to success of huge free health care event
Voinovich School to host statewide prevention and recovery conference
Report details climate change threat to future stability
U.S. assistant secretary of commerce to deliver keynote at Appalachian Ohio State of the Region
Five regional entrepreneurs, inventors receive Innovation Awards at 3rd annual event
OHIO’s Innovation Center reports job, labor income impact on Athens County
Startup Weekend Athens awards business memberships and services to local entrepreneurs
Konneker Medals awarded to OHIO alumni innovators in biotechnology, computer technology
Innovation Center announces graduation of Ecolibrium Solar to new Athens location
Stacy Strauss named associate director of Innovation Center
Ohio University Southern hosting Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion
Nominations open for 2014 Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship
Mail Services transitions to Ohio University Auxiliaries on April 1
NSF creates industry electrochemical research center at OHIO
OHIO’s Impact: Power of Bobcat Nation reflected in alumni’s contributions to the University and the state
OHIO's Impact: Centers of Excellence play key role in University's economic impact
OHIO’s Impact: Aiding in workforce development through a solid partnership