The Voinovich School’s economic impact on the region is significant and growing. New companies are forming, established companies are expanding, jobs are being created and saved, and new sources of investment have blossomed. By leveraging partner investments with funds from the state and university, we have helped Ohio enterprises generate in excess of $5.8 billion over the last five years. Examples of this work include:
The School’s expertise in venture development also benefits Ohio University researchers and student innovators. For instance, the Center for Entrepreneurship, a nationally recognized award-winning program, was co-created by the Voinovich School and the College of Business to help students and faculty bring their business ideas to life. In addition, the Voinovich School regularly engages MPA students and Voinovich Undergraduate Research Scholars to work closely with faculty and professional staff on economic development projects and internships. Experiences vary, but opportunities include assisting with business or community consulting; conducting market and industry research; and developing public reports, presentations and infographics.