This area is no stranger to hard economic times, even when the rest of the country’s economy has prospered. These communities’ struggles began after their main economic engines of resource extraction pulled out, and they’ve been through successive boom and bust cycles. In recent years, in Athens County in particular, the main source of jobs has been either in higher education, government or health-care.
Ohio University serves as a case study of an institution of higher learning that has expanded its involvement with communities over the last several decades. For example, the Ohio University Innovation Center serves the region by providing meeting space and laboratories as well as access to executive coaching and industry expertise.
Across Ohio University, significant efforts were made to create meaningful remote working opportunities for student workers to keep working during the 2020 Spring Semester after the University switched to remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. Student workers experienced professional development opportunities and trainings.
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As a major employer and resource for Athens county, Ohio University continues to have a ripple effect on the economy of Athens and Southeastern Ohio. The university also offers some direct resources to support the local and state economy. One of the most noteworthy resources is the Innovation Center, which was originally started in 1983 and serves as Southeastern Ohio’s tech and innovation incubator.
Ohio University’s Innovation Center has focused its efforts in the last several weeks on helping local entrepreneurs navigate the COVID-19 pandemic and response. The small business incubator has remained open to support its on-site essential businesses and is maintaining safe operations. The center is providing virtual business development support to current clients.
The Innovation Center has fostered more than 300 companies that have created more than 3,000 jobs in southeastern Ohio since its inception in 1983. In addition to providing entrepreneurs with space and services to grow their ideas into successful businesses, the incubator also provides rich and unique hands-on learning experiences to Ohio University undergraduates.
The University Libraries worked with scientists and lab managers at the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and Innovation Center to create 3D images and printed replicas of a clay tablet, scarab seal and cylindrical seal in the University Libraries’ Rare Book Collection.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded $250,000 to Ohio University for renovations to the Ohio University Innovation Center (IC). The funds will be used to convert former office space into a biotechnology laboratory, and add a new heating system and virtual conferencing technology to the building.
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