The UT Urban Affairs Center


Northwest Ohio Economic Research Collaborative

Northwest Ohio Economic Research Collaborative

The UT Urban Affairs Center has brought together researchers from The University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University to identify the industry clusters that currently drive our regional economy and those emerging industry clusters that will play a role in our region's future economic health. The UAC is working with the Regional Growth Partnership, the Toledo Port Authority, the City of Toledo, Lucas County, The Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce, and other regional economic development stakeholders to implement a cluster-based economic development strategy.

This is a unique project that will not end with research. The UAC has secured funding from the State of Ohio to take the results of the industry cluster analysis and develop and help implement an innovative cluster based economic development strategy for our regions. This strategy development and implementation work will be undertaken in partnership with the Regional Growth Partnership, the Toledo Port Authority, the City of Toledo, Lucas County, The Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce, and other regional economic development stakeholders.

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UAC Named EPROCA's North American Training Center


In January of 2009, UAC Director Dr. Neil Reid was appointed to the Executive Committee of EPROCA (the European ProClusters' Association), an organization whose long term goal is to positively influence the existing values and society through development of economic clusters and intellectual capital.

Owing to as his extensive experience with cluster development here in Northwest Ohio with the Maumee Valley Growers, Dr. Reid was appointed to EROCA's Cluster Facilitatior Training Team. Therefore, UAC will effectively become EPROCA's North American training center.

According to Dr. Reid, "We (EPROCA in partnership with UAC) would market our training services nationwide, as well as in Canada and South America. Currently EPROCA offers a 3-day Cluster Facilitator Training Course. The plan is to offer this course in Toledo. EPROCA has a ready-made curriculum that we can utilize, and EPROCA is interested in developing alternative training options (e.g one and two day training events). Also, EPROCA is developing its consulting services around cluster-based economic development."

Dr. Reid will be travelling to Helsinki, Finland (EPROCA's European home) in late August for three days to meet with members of the EPROCA executive commitee. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss both training and consulting opportunities and to agree on how we should move forward strategically.

More information about the UAC-EPROCA partnership will be available here shortly.

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MVG's Tarta Bus
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NWOERC Documents

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Cluster groups support local economic growth, Jessica Luther, Engineering Professionals & Architects, September 2008. [PDF]
Critical Steps in the Cluster Bulding Process, Reid, Carroll & Smith, The IEDC Economic Development Journal, Vol. 6, #4, Fall 2007. [PDF]
Cluster Based Economic Development: A Comprehensive Strategy to Secure NW Ohio’s Economic Future, Carroll & Reid, 2004 [PDF]
"Dumb Farmers": The Case for Agricultural Entrepreneurs as Drivers of Economic Development in Northwest Ohio [PDF]
The Impact of Canadian Floriculture Imports on the U.S. Floriculture Industry [PDF] [PowerPoint]
Potential Cluster Regions: The Case of the Floriculture Industry [PDF]
Industrial and Technology Clusters: An Everday Topic of Popular Conversation [PDF]
The Role of an Antecedent Cluster, Academic R&D and Entrepreneurship in the Development of Toledo's Solar Energy Cluster [PDF]
Industry Cluster Strategy Update [PDF] [Word]
Cluster Project Overview [PDF] [Word]
Wind Energy Electrical Power: A Roadmap For Accelerated Innovation [PDF]
Using Cluster-Based Economic Development to Enhance the Economic Competitiveness of Northwest Ohio's Greenhouse Nursery Industry [PDF] [Word]
Northwest Ohio's Greenhouse Cluster: From Concept to Implementation [PDF] [PowerPoint]
Background information:
A presentation outlining the basics of clusters and how they apply to our region [HTML] [PowerPoint] [PDF]
Recommendations from the project stakeholders (March 25, 2004) [HTML] [PowerPoint] [PDF]

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Cluster Participants