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Victoria VanHouten

  • Research Assistant 2-Engineer, OMI
  • 116 W 19th Ave
    Columbus, OH 43210


Victoria VanHouten is a pending graduate in the Masters of City & Regional Planning program at the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture. Prior to this position she worked for the City of Canal Winchester as a development intern, where she became interested in economic development and public policy. She began studying the relationship between the manufacturing sector and economic decline in the Rust Belt, and discovered that she had a passion for community development and placemaking in relation to economic prosperity. 


This discovery led to collaborating with Dr. Edward (Ned) Hill at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and Kathryn Kelley, Executive Director at the Ohio Manufacturing Institute to analyze and further develop the relationship between the manufacturing sector and higher education. This relationship is important as emerging technology becomes more prevalent in the manufacturing workplace, and higher education institutions must anticipate changing needs in the job market. As part of this work, Victoria has assisted in projects involving public planning proposals, workforce development, targeted local industry analysis, and product commercialization and innovation. Her ultimate goal is to facilitate economic prosperity and a sense of community using the built environment and policy tools.