Governor Strickland listens as President
Cartwright speaks about the newly designated solar energy hub.
BGSU is part of the new Northwest Ohio Solar Energy Hub announced yesterday by Governor Ted Strickland. The governor designated the region as an Ohio Hub of Innovation and Opportunity to strengthen and create job opportunities in Ohio's solar industry.
The solar energy hub will focus on promoting entrepreneurship, economic development
and commercialization in the solar industry by bringing together top solar researchers, entrepreneurs, manufacturers, education institutions, trade associations and training providers.
"By pairing northwest Ohio's glass manufacturing legacy with its innovative research and university strengths, this hub will help accelerate the growth of Ohio's solar industry," Strickland said. "The hub designation is an important part of our economic and urban revitalization plan to create good jobs while establishing Ohio as a leading supplier of
BGSU's hub partners include the University of Toledo, Owens Community College, Penta Career Center, Terra Community College and Northwest State Community College — educational institutions dedicated to helping the solar industry of Ohio continue to grow and prosper. A $250,000 state grant, administered by the Ohio Department of Development, will help support the hub.
"BGSU looks forward to strengthening its partnerships with the University of Toledo, as well as with leaders in business, the Ohio Department of Development and economic and community development organizations, to create new high-tech jobs and companies for our region," said President Carol Cartwright. "This initiative is the next step in expanding northwest Ohio's role as a national leader in solar and advanced alternative energy."
To be designated an Ohio Hub, a region must identify core strengths and develop a strategic plan for urban revitalization. The designation consists of a commitment from both the state and region to work collaboratively and target economic development efforts toward building upon those identified strengths.
Wielding shovels made from recycled metals from the McDonald construction site, Chartwells officials and representatives from the project's construction groups (left) join (left to right) Steve Krakoff, associate vice president for capital planning and design; President Cartwright,
CFO Sheri Stoll and Steven Johnson, chair
of the Northwest Ohio Green Building Council,
in breaking ground for the new McDonald
Looking on are the shovels' student designers Jordan Krutsch (far left), a senior from Defiance, and Matthew Boeing (far right), a sophomore from Cincinnati. Both are sculpture majors.
The new dining center will be energy-efficient and environmentally conscious.
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