Edward W Hill (Ned), Ph.D.
 Title: Professor Emeritus and Former Dean
 Dept: College of Urban Affairs, Dean's Office
 Office: UR 335
 Phone: 216-687-2174
 Email: hill.1973@osu.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. UR 335, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Economic development, Labor markets, Economic development and business strategy
Ph.D., Economics, Urban and Regional Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981
M.U.P.D.D., City Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1976
B.A., Economics & Urban Studies, U of Pennsylvania, 1973
Brief Bio:
Dr. Edward W. (Ned) Hill is the former Dean and Professor Emeritus of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs as well as a faculty member of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at Ohio State University.

He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution and a Nonresident Visiting Fellow of the Institute of Government Studies at the University of California at Berkeley though his membership in the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on Building Resilient Regions.

Ned chairs the Manufacturing Extension Partnership's National Advisory Board (2007 to present). Ohio's Governor Strickland appointed Hill to Ohio's Auto Industry Support Council in August, 2009, where he chairs its Competitiveness Task Force. In December 2008 Hill was asked to chair a task force that examined HUD's role in economic development for HUD Secretary Donovan.

Ned is a member of the board of directors of MAGNET, the MEP affiliate in Northeast Ohio.   He is a member of the Board of Advisers of the Generation Foundation since 2001. He has assisted the United Way of Cleveland with strategic planning since 2005. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Institute of Planning and of Economic Development Quarterly.

Hill was a trustee of the Cleveland Zoological Society, a member of the Board of Directors of JumpStart, NorTech, WIRE-Net, and the Urban Affairs Association where he was the treasurer in 2003 and 2004.  Ohio's Governor Taft appointed Hill to Ohio's Urban Revitalization Task Force in 1999.  He was a member of Leadership Cleveland's Class of 1997.  

Hill was Economic Development Quarterly's second editor (1994 to 2005). He was awarded the Robertson Prize from Urban Studies in 1994.  Ned was awarded Cleveland State University's Distinguished Faculty Award for Research in 1998 and merit award for research in 2002.  

Hill is author of two books, co-editor of five books, and author of over 90 articles, book chapters, and columns.  He was a lead in the Deloitte Consulting-Cleveland State University team that wrote Industry-based Competitive Strategies for Ohio: Managing three portfolios in 2005 and Manufacturing Pennsylvania's Future in 2004.  Ohio's Competitive Advantage: Manufacturing Productivity was released in 2001. Ohio's Competitive Advantage has been credited with starting a five-year statewide conversation that resulted in fundamental business tax reform in the state of Ohio. The Cincinnati Enquirer referred to Hill as the "godfather of tax reform" in the summer of 2005.

In 2005 the Russell Sage Foundation published Hill's analysis of the impact of the terrorist attacks of 9/11 on Manhattan and the New York region as a business location; the Journal of the American Planning Association published his study of the competitive position of America's major central cities in the competition for jobs in Autumn 2005.  The Fannie Mae Foundation released his most recent work on city-state relations in 2007.  His work with Iryna Lendel on the impact of doctoral programs in the bio-life sciences and engineering on regional development appeared in Economic Development Quarterly in August of 2007.  Work on the determinants of metropolitan regional growth was published in Urban Studies in March 2009.

Hill began his career at Cleveland State University in the fall of 1985. Ned was named Cleveland State University's first Vice President for Economic Development in May 2005 and he was appointed Interim Dean of the College of Urban Affairs in October 2007.  He stepped down from both upon his appointment as Dean in June 2009.

He earned his Ph.D. in both economics and urban and regional planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981 and he is a resident of Lakewood, Ohio.

The Building Resilient Regions web site is: http://brr.berkeley.edu/
Honors and Awards:
2005 Ohio Manufacturers Association Legacy Award

2002 Faculty Merit Award for Research, Cleveland State University

1998 Distinguished Faculty Award for Research, Cleveland State University

1997 Leadership Cleveland, Class of 1997

1994 Donald Robertson Memorial Prize for best paper in Urban Studies, Evaluating the Success of Urban Success Stories, with Harold Wolman and Coit Cook Ford III, June 1994

1986 Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association: Comprehensive Planning Award for the report, The Economy of Saint Louis: Structure and Future

MIT Harvard Joint Center for Urban Studies: Catherine Bauer Wurster Fellow

University of Chicago, Department of Geography: Ford Foundation Urban Training Fellowship
Creative and Activities:
Columns and Popular Publications
Berkman, Ronald and Edward HIll, Ohio does not have a jobs problem; it has a product problem, Plain Dealer, April 26, 2010

Hill, Edward W., Ohio's Term Limits Are a Waste of Time, Plain Dealer, August 9, 2005

Hill, Edward W., Lakewood Needs West End Redevelopment, Plain Dealer, May 19, 2003.

Hill, Edward W., A Vision for Cleveland, Plain Dealer, March 11, 2003.

Hill, Edward W. and Jeremy Nowak, Wanted: A Camden Exit Strategy, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Hill, Edward W. and Jeremy Nowak, Cities That Have Forgotten Their Regional Economies:
Strategies for America's Distressed Cities, Greater Philadelphia Regional Review (Fall 2000): 8-11.

Hill, Edward W., The Future of Northeast Ohio's Airports: Providing a Regional Solution,
Akron Beacon-Journal, November 15, 1997; also printed in Crain┬┐s Cleveland Business, December 8, 1997.

Hill, Edward W., Tobacco's End-Game, (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, Forum Section p.1, April 20,

Hill, Edward W., Using School Choice to Save City Neighborhoods, with Michael W. Spicer,
State Legislatures, a publication of the National Conference of State Legislatures, 21:2, February 1995, p. 33.; reprinted in CUPR Report, the newsletter of the Center for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers University, (6:2) p. 2, Early Summer, 1995.

Hill, Edward W., Vouchers Are Not Enough, (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, September 28, 1994.

Hill, Edward W., Banks on the Brink: A December Surprise?, Outlook Section, The
Washington Post, October 25, 1992 (with Roger J. Vaughan); reprinted as Banks on the Brink: Pay Now or Pay Later, Washington Post National Weekly Edition, November 2-8, 1992.

Hill, Edward W., Banking and Finance, Americana Annual 1991 (Danbury, CT.: Grolier,
1991) pp. 137-140.

Hill, Edward W., The Regional Tilt in the S&L Bailout, New York Times, August 16, 1990,
p. A15, Reprinted in CUPR Report, the newsletter of the Center for Urban Policy Research, Rutgers University, Fall 1990.
Research Interests:
The intersection between the evolution of regional economies, public policy, business strategy and management practices.

The role of culture and values in regional economic development

Urban and regional economic development policy

Economic development statistical methods

Urban and regional labor markets
Teaching Areas:
Urban spatial structures (a lecture course that covers urban and regional economic geography and economic development strategy and methods)

Distressed people/Distressed places (A research seminar on public anti-poverty policy)

Doctoral seminar in economic development (A review of economic development theory and academic research in the field)
Professional Affiliations:
Urban Affairs Association
American Planning Association
Urban Affairs Association
International Economic Development Council
Professional Experience:
Recent keynote speeches: National League of Cities, US Conference of Mayors, IEDC, IAMC, CEOs for Cities, SSTI, Grant Thornton-Vancouver, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Keynote the following Economic Development Summits
States: Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Missouri, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin,
Regions: Duluth MN, Grand Forks, ND.

Manufacturing Extension Partnership Organizations: National conference, Kansas, Oklahoma, Dakotas, Pittsburgh

Participant in two American Assemblies (Workforce and retooling older cities)

Consulting team leader:
CompeteColumbus, April 2006 to 2008 Develop an auto supply chain economic development strategy

Greater New Orleans, Inc., Fall 2006 to 2007 Structure the region's post-Katrina development strategy

Knight Foundation, Advise on the structure and content of the Foundation's efforts in the area of economic development, Spring, 2001 to 2005.

The World Bank, Local Economic Development Program, 2003

National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences, Review Panel for the HUD research scholars program, 2001, 2002

American Academy for the Advancement of Science and the Desert Research Institute and the Nevada University System, Spring 2001, program evaluation with site visit team

American Academy for the Advancement of Science and the South Carolina University System, Fall 2001, proposal reviews for technology investments

Ford Foundation, Program review for the Director of the Economic and Community Development Program, December 2000

MacArthur Foundation, Program review for the President of the foundation, November 2000

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Spring-Summer 2000

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, June 1999 to January 2001

Minnesota's State College and University System, review of the industry cluster workforce training program, July 1999

American Academy for the Advancement of Science and the Maine Science and Technology Foundation, Evaluation of Maine's Technology Initiative, Spring 1999

National Institute of Science and Technology, Manufacturing Extension Program, Winter 1998, evaluation methodologies

City Council, City of Cleveland, assistance on developing real estate tax abatement policy, Winter 1998

IndustryWeek, April 1995 to 2001 Best manufacturing regions special issues

Pentagon Office of Threat Reduction, November 1994, U.S.-Kazakhstan Roundtable on Defense Industry Conversion

United States Information Agency, November 1991 to 1995. Economic development training to the Hungarian cities of Debrecen, Szeged and Pecs; Russian Federation: Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Saratov, Arsenyev, Usserisk, Arytom, Yekaterinburg and Chelyabinsk.

St. Louis Public Schools, May 1984 to January 1985, Aided in the design of long term planning effort for the school system and provided labor-force forecasts.
University Service:
Dean, Levin College of Urban Affairs, July 2009 to present
Interim Dean, Levin College of Urban Affair, October 2007 to June 2009
Vice President for Economic Development, August 2005 to June 2009
Professor and Distinguished Scholar, September 2001 to present
Professor, September 1993 to 2001
Associate Professor, September 1990 to September 1993
Assistant Professor September 1985 to September 1990
Professional Service:
Chair, National Advisory Board, Manufacturing Extension Partnership of the National Institue of Science and Technology, March 2007 to 2011 (Terms as chair: 2007 to 2010)

Editor, Economic Development Quarterly for 11 years, 1994 (Volume 8) to 2005 (Volume 19); Associate Editor 1989 (Volume 3) to 1993; and 2005 to present

Urban Affairs Association, Board Member for 6 years, April 1999 to April 2005, Secretary-Treasurer: 2003-2004, Chair Site selection committee: 2002-2005

Editorial Board member: Journal of the American Planning Association, 2004 to present

Former Editorial Board Member. Journal of Urban Affairs, 1999 to 2005; Journal of Planning Literature, 1996 to 2000; Journal of Planning Education and Research, 1990 to 1993
Community Service:
Board of Directors
  MAGNET, May 2009 to present
  NorTech, February 2007 to 2008
  Jumpstart, February 2007 to 2008
  Ohio MEMS Society 2003 to 2006
  Cleveland Council on World Affairs, June 2005 to 2006
  Westside Industrial Retention Network (WIRE-Net) June 2002 to 2006

Trustee, Cleveland Zoological Society, 2000 to 2008, Emeriti Circle 2009 to present

Advisor, The Generation Foundation, Cleveland, Fall 2001 to present

Governor's (Ohio) Urban Revitalization Task Force, August 1999 to December 1999  http://www.odod.state.oh.us/urtf.pd

Coach, Lakewood Soccer Association, Spring 1999 to Spring 2002

Transition Teams:
  Ohio Department of Development, Lt. Governor Lee Fisher, winter 2007
  Cleveland, Economic Development, Mayor Frank Jackson, spring 2006
  Lakewood, Planning, Mayor Madeline Cain, Winter 1996

Advisory Board Member, Center for Policy Alternatives, November 1990 to 1994

Cuyahoga County Regional Planning Commission, Executive Board, June 1987 to 1989

Town of Oxford, Connecticut. Planning and Zoning Commission, Elected Member November 1982 to September 1985; Chair: January 1984 to September 1985
Research Grants:
MacArthur Foundation through the University of California at Berkeley, Building Resilient Regions

CompeteColumbus, Organizing the auto cluster in Central Ohio, April 2006 to December 2006 and January 2007 to July 2007, $70,000.

Fannie Mae Foundation, Influence of State Public Policies on the Well-being of Cities, Co-principal Investigator with Harold Wolman, Administered by George Washington University's Institute of Public Policy, 2005-2006.

Ohio Department of Development, Sector Study of Ohio's Economy with Deloitte Consulting  (Lead investigator for CSU portion of contract), $500,000. September 2004 to January 2005.

Team PA Foundation and the Industrial Resource (IRC) Network of Pennsylvania to Deloitte Consulting, $210,000. September 2003 (Principal of the consulting team).

George Gund Foundation, Research supporting the Product Development Initiative, $7,500, Winter 2004.

Russell Sage Foundation, Monitoring New York City's economic recovery from the attacks of September 11, 2001, $31,000, September 2003.

Knight Foundation, Economic Development Strategy for the Duluth-Superior region, $37,000, Summer 2003.

Fannie Mae Foundation, subcontract from the George Washington University Public Policy Research Center, the comeback of comeback cities, Spring 2003.

The Brookings Institution, support for policy research, $20,000, Spring 2003.

Knight Foundation, Training materials for their program in economic development, $205,000 with Ziona Austrian.

The Unger Croatian Program, Training Program for Croatian Municipal Officials, funded by Paul Unger, with Tom Cozzens, January 2001, $110,000.

Ohio Manufacturers Association, The Impact of Technology on Ohio Manufacturing, August 2000, $20,000.

Ohio Department of Education, Finance of Public Education in Ohio, July 1999, with Kevin O'Brien, $250,000.

The Brookings Institution, Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy, National Renaissance, June 1999, $43,000.

The Cleveland Foundation, The Distributive Equity of the Gasoline Tax in Ohio, May 1999, $50,000 from the Cleveland Foundation, with Kevin O'Brien.

Annie E. Casey Foundation, Evaluating Targeted Economic Opportunity Initiatives as Community Building Strategies, May 1998, $93,000.

General Assembly of the State of Ohio, Evaluation of Effectiveness of Ohio's Economic Development Incentive Programs, $500,000, July 1997.  One of the three principals.

Greater Cleveland Growth Association and Cleveland Tomorrow, Industrial Cluster's within the Region. $130,000.

IndustryWeek Magazine, World class manufacturing communities. 1996-2001

Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1995

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Employment and Training of the Persistently Poor, with the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, 1994, $1,000,000