Ned Hill joins Ohio State to advance economic development policy

Posted: May 11, 2015

Ned Hill, Cleveland State University dean of Maxine Levin College of Urban Affairs , joins Ohio State
The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the College of Engineering announce the joint appointment of Dr. Edward “Ned” Hill, distinguished economist and dean of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, as professor of public affairs, effective September 1, 2015. 

As a faculty member, Hill will teach economic development policy, public policy and public finance in both the Glenn College and the Department of City and Regional Planning in the College of Engineering’s Knowlton School of Architecture.

“We are thrilled to have Ned to join the newly created Glenn College and our partner, the Department of City and Regional Planning,” said Trevor Brown, Dean of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.  “Ned’s research and teaching on economic development will provide great benefits to students.”

Hill will contribute to Ohio State’s energy and environment Discovery Themes initiative in Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability led by the Institute of Materials Research (IMR). His work will include research and manufacturing policy guidance and engagement for the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence and the Ohio Manufacturing Institute.

Hill will continue his research on factors that affect the competitive position of the Ohio’s manufacturing sector, workforce policy, and business strategy, as well as state and local economic development strategy and urban public policy.

“Ned’s work on economic development policy and long-standing relationships with local, state, and federal government and economic development organizations are well established,” said College of Engineering Dean David B. Williams. “His scholarship supports Ohio State’s land grant mission to drive the local economy while closely linking research to government actions that help manufacturing communities thrive globally.” 

During his tenure at CSU, Hill has authored several books and over 90 articles and book chapters on business tax reform, state policy recommendations to increase manufacturing productivity and effective determinants of metropolitan regional growth. He edited Economic Development Quarterly from 1994 to 2005 and his latest co-authored book, Economic Adversity and Regional Economic Resilience, is to be published by Cornell University Press in late 2015. 

He serves as nonresident senior fellow of The Brookings Institution, where he is affiliated with the Metropolitan Policy Program and is a nonresident visiting fellow at the Institute of Politics at the University of California at Berkeley through the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on Building Resilient Regions. He chaired the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) from 2007 to 2010, where he remains a member of the advisory board.

Hill holds a doctoral degree in economics, urban and regional planning, a Master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in economics and urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Contact: Hank Wilson, Director of Communications, John Glenn College of Public Affairs,, 614-247-4517

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