State, Regional and Urban Development Center Recognized



COLUMBUS, OH, Sep. 29, 2011 Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor Jim Petro today announced an Ohio Center of Excellence in the category of Cultural and Societal Transformation, the State Regional and Urban Development Center at The Ohio State University.

Cultural and Societal Transformation Centers are recognized for promoting economic vitality by fostering the human instinct toward creativity and expression.  These centers enhance the quality of life and create vibrant communities that will attract a talented workforce and their families to Ohio.

“Ohio State is to be commended for fostering increased collaboration across disciplines and the affiliated research centers,” Chancellor Petro said. “The goals of the center in the areas of workforce and community development, and government and business relations are why the State Regional and Urban Development Center is being recognized as a Center of Excellence.”

Ohio State’s State, Regional and Urban Development Center addresses critical needs of Ohio’s cities and regions in planning and expanding the infrastructures that support them; establishing the policies and alliances to create a robust living and working environment; and in meeting the demands of business and industry to facilitate their growth and expansion.

The State, Regional and Urban Development Center works to educate Ohio’s students in understanding the needs and interconnectedness of government, education, industry, and organizations as actors in urban and regional development.

The faculty members associated with this center are distributed across the arts and sciences, professional, and health sciences colleges and have distinguished records of publication, as well as a strong history of engagement with government and private sector partners. This list includes many faculty members who have received distinguished recognition from national professional societies.

During the past five years, the research centers affiliated with this Center of Excellence

have generated $114 million in external funding from federal, state, and private sources.

The Center brings together eight research centers whose missions are at the core of this initiative as well as involving six additional research centers on campus.  It leverages Ohio State’s connections to local and regional planning organizations as well as state agencies.

About the Centers of Excellence

Ohio’s Centers of Excellence position the University System of Ohio to be a magnet for talent and a leader in innovation and entrepreneurial activity. The Centers will accomplish this by developing distinct missions for each institution that are recognized by students, faculty and business leaders, while eliminating unnecessary competition for resources, students and faculty within the state. 

The first five Centers of Excellence designations are specific to Ohio’s growth industries – Advanced Energy, Biomedicine and Health Care, Agriculture, Food Production and Bioproducts, Enabling Technologies: Advanced Materials and Sensors, and Advanced Transportation & Aerospace.

For more information, see: 

Ohio’s Centers of Excellence:

Contact Info:

Ohio Board of Regents Contact:
Jeff Robinson
Office: 614.752.9487

The Ohio State University Contact:
Amy Murray
Office: 614. 292.8385