Ohio Thomas Edison Program to Recognize 25 Years of Technology-based Economic Development for Ohio
Columbus, Ohio: The Ohio Thomas Edison Program will host a luncheon and reception for Ohio General Assembly leadership on February 19, 2009, at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium beginning at 11:30 AM. The reception will be headlined by Governor Strickland and Lt. Governor Lee Fisher.
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Ohio Thomas Edison Program, a historic milestone for Ohio Technology-Based Economic Development.
“This anniversary marks 25 years of invaluable technology development and collaboration on behalf of the Ohio Thomas Edison Program,” said Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher, who also serves as Director of the Ohio Department of Development. “The Ohio Thomas Edison Program’s contribution to innovation in technology, product, and process drives expansion in our state, spurring economic growth and creating opportunity for Ohioans.”
In 1984, the Thomas Edison Program was created to improve the competitiveness of Ohio manufacturers. Today, under the leadership of Governor Strickland and Lt. Governor Fisher, the program encompasses each region of Ohio with eight Edison Technology Centers and thirteen Edison Technology Incubators.
The eight Edison Technology Centers located around the state provide a variety of product and process innovation and commercialization services to both established and early-stage technology-based businesses such as: new product design; CAD/CAM; prototyping; materials selection and handling; plant layout and design; quality systems; information systems; machining; joining technology assistance; and biotechnology business consulting.
The Ohio Edison Technology Centers are a public-private partnership to facilitate innovation and commercialization services to both established and emerging technology-based businesses.
The eight Edison Technology Centers include:
- BioOhio located in Columbus (Franklin County)
- Center for Innovative Food Technologies (CIFT) located in Toledo (Lucas County)
- Edison Materials Technology Center (EMTEC) located in Dayton (Montgomery County)
- Edison Welding Institute (EWI) located in Columbus (Franklin County)
- Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) located in Cleveland (Cuyahoga County)
- Ohio IT Alliance (OITA) located in Columbus (Franklin County)
- Polymer Ohio located in Westerville (Franklin County)
- TechSolve located in Cincinnati (Hamilton County)
The Ohio Department of Development established the Ohio Edison Technology Incubators to assist technology-oriented start-ups during their concept definition and development stages. Thirteen Edison Technology Incubators around the state allow entrepreneurs to concentrate their limited resources on the development of their product/service by drawing upon the proven expertise and support of the incubator.
The Edison Technology Incubators link early-stage companies to business assistance, mentoring, investment capital and physical space.
The thirteen Edison Technology Incubators include:
- The Akron Global Business Accelerator in Akron (Summit County)
- BioEnterprise in Cleveland (Cuyahoga County)
- BIOSTART LifeScience, Catalyst & Community in Cincinnati (Hamilton County)
- Braintree Center for Business Innovation in Mansfield (Richland County)
- The Entrepreneurs Center in Dayton (Montgomery County)
- Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE) in Elyria (Lorain County)
- Hamilton County Development Company in Cincinnati (Hamilton County)
- The Innovation Center, Ohio University’s Business Incubator in Athens (Athens County)
- JumpStart, Inc. in Cleveland (Cuyahoga County)
- Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET) in Cleveland (Cuyahoga County)
- The Regional Growth Partnership (RGP) LAUNCH Program in Toledo (Lucas County)
- TechColumbus in Columbus (Franklin County)
- Youngstown Business Incubator in Youngstown (Mahoning County)