Ned Hill Comes to Ohio State via Joint Appointment in City and Regional Planning and Public Affairs

By Hank Wilson, John Glenn College of Public Affairs

The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the College of Engineering announce the joint appointment of Dr. Edward “Ned” Hill, distinguished economist and dean of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University, as professor of public affairs, effective September 1, 2015.

As a faculty member, Hill will teach economic development policy, public policy and public finance in both the Glenn College and the City and Regional Planning section in the College of Engineering’s Knowlton School of Architecture.

“We are thrilled to have Ned to join the newly created Glenn College and our partner, the City and Regional Planning section of the Knowlton School of Architecture,” said Trevor Brown, Dean of the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. “Ned’s research and teaching on economic development will provide great benefits to students.”

“The culture of the John Glenn School of Public Affairs made it clear that this was a place that would embrace my scholarship and my desire to continue to work on economic development issues that are important to Ohioans, said Ned Hill. “ The College has a group of students and faculty who take public service seriously and are dedicated to shaping Ohio’s future. In addition, Ohio State University is a place that takes scholarship seriously. I could not ask for anything else: good colleagues, students dedicated to Ohio’s future, located in a major research university, next door to state, county, and municipal government.”

Hill will contribute to Ohio State’s energy and environment Discovery Themes initiative in Materials and Manufacturing for Sustainability led by the Institute of Materials Research (IMR). His work will include research and manufacturing policy guidance and engagement for the Center for Design and Manufacturing Excellence and the Ohio Manufacturing Institute.

Hill will continue his research on factors that affect the competitive position of the Ohio’s manufacturing sector, workforce policy, and business strategy, as well as state and local economic development strategy and urban public policy.

“Ned’s work on economic development policy and long-standing relationships with local, state, and federal government and economic development organizations are well established,” said College of Engineering Dean David B. Williams. “His scholarship supports Ohio State’s land grant mission to drive the local economy while closely linking research to government actions that help manufacturing communities thrive globally.”

During his tenure at CSU, Hill has authored several books and over 90 articles and book chapters on business tax reform, state policy recommendations to increase manufacturing productivity and effective determinants of metropolitan regional growth. He edited Economic Development Quarterly from 1994 to 2005 and his latest co-authored book, Economic Adversity and Regional Economic Resilience, is to be published by Cornell University Press in late 2015.

He serves as nonresident senior fellow of The Brookings Institution, where he is affiliated with the Metropolitan Policy Program and is a nonresident visiting fellow at the Institute of Politics at the University of California at Berkeley through the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on Building Resilient Regions. He chaired the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) from 2007 to 2010, where he remains a member of the advisory board.

Hill holds a doctoral degree in economics, urban and regional planning, a Master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in economics and urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania.