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November 8, 2011

New internship connects Ohio University students with economic development leaders 

A new internship program at Ohio University will be available thanks to a $25,000 gift to The Ohio University Foundation from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The program will be available to undergraduate and graduate students affiliated with the University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and will offer the opportunity to intern at the IEDC.   

Established in honor of IEDC President and CEO Jeffery A. Finkle, the internship will be made available to OHIO students interested in economic development, city and regional planning, public administration and public policy programs.  

The program will provide interns with the unique chance to play a role in the largest economic development association in the world.   

"The opportunity for a student to work on a national and international level with IEDC and Jeff Finkle is tremendous," said Mark Weinberg, director of the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. "Their leadership in economic development and entrepreneurship compliments Ohio University's national leadership in these endeavors and our students will benefit in multiple ways from this experience."  

Denny Coleman, board chair for the IEDC, said, "In addition to the recognition of Jeff's accomplishments, we hope this new internship inspires a new generation of economic development thought leaders.” 

Finkle, a 1976 graduate of Ohio University and 2011 Medal of Merit recipient, has been an international leader in the field of economic development for more than 25 years. Finkle has maintained a long standing relationship with Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and is the founder of the Bollinger Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides support to children who have lost one or both parents who worked in the economic development profession.  

In his current role as President and CEO of the IEDC, Finkle contributes to community revitalization, business development and job creation on an international level. He has established multi-lateral partnerships with regional and national economic development organizations around the world and advised on economic development issues in China, Europe, Latin America and Oceania.  

In Southeast Ohio, Finkle was instrumental in developing the Appalachian New Economy Partnership (ANEP) program, which has created high-quality jobs and spurred company development and growth. Funded through the Ohio Board of Regents, the ANEP develops Appalachia Ohio's long-term economic prosperity by supporting and developing technology, entrepreneurship and educational access in the region. Finkle currently serves as an ANEP Fellow.  

The IEDC is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively and raising the profile of the profession. The mission of IEDC is to provide leadership and excellence in economic development for its communities, members and partners.

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