Cleveland State University

Economic Development

Research Topics

Cleveland & Ohio

Edward W. (Ned) Hill and David A. Ellis, An Analysis of the Proposed Lease of the Ohio Turnpike. Unpublished, 2006

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Burgess, Patricia, Ruth Durack, and Edward W. Hill, Re-imaging the rust belt: Can Cleveland sustain the renaissance? In Sam Bass Warner and Lawrence J. Vale (Eds.) Imaging the city (New Brunswick, NJ: CUPR Press, 2001): 95-117.

A team of Clevelanders - historian Patricia Burgess, urban designer Ruth Durack, and economist Edward Hill - continues the evaluation of the fused politics of image-making and land-use planning. In the 1970s, Cleveland, like the Bronx, suffered a national reputation as a dying city. Re-imaging the whole city was the new goal, and rebuilding its downtown was the heart of the undertaking. Downtown renewal, however, called into play a different set of actors than the efforts to revive a residential district. Like the Bronx, however, the nature of the planning process itself exerted a powerful force upon both the image sought and the building that followed.

Hill, Ned, Chris Warren, Richard Shatten, and Norman Krumholz, Cleveland: Four perspectives on America's 'comeback city': A proceeding of the crisis cities symposium, Projections (Spring 2000) 1: 80-95***

Cleveland, Ohio, is an industrial city of about 500,000 that became a national symbol of urban decline in the 1970's. Since then Cleveland has remade both its damaged image and its physical fabric through an ambitious public-private partnership that has returned the city to the headlines as America's 'Comeback City.' Projects like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Jacobs Field have set a new standard for urban revitalization. In Spring 1999, as part of the Crisis Cities symposium, MIT invited four of the key players in Cleveland's renewal story to discuss how the renewal process came about, where it has succeeded or fallen short, and to project the prospects for the future revitalization of Cleveland.

Hill, Edward W. and John F. Brennan, A methodology for identifying the drivers of industrial clusters: The foundation of regional competitive advantage, Economic Development Quarterly 14(1) (February 2000): 65-96. * In 2005 and 2006 ranked fourth in EDQ's citation list.

This article represents a theoretically based method for identifying the clusters of industries in which a region has a competitive advantage. The method combines cluster analysis with discriminant analysis, using variables derived from economic base theory and measures of productivity, to identify the industries in which a region has its greatest competitive advantage. These industries are called driver industries because they drive the region's economy. The driver industries are linked to supplier and customer industries with information from a region-specific input-output model to form industry clusters. After introductory comments about cluster-based approaches to understanding regional economies, the authors present an overview of their method and the variables used. They then apply this method to the Cleveland-Akron Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Hill, Edward W., Comeback Cleveland by the numbers: The economic performance of the Cleveland-Akron Metropolitan Area. In David Sweet, David Beach, and Kathryn Wertheim Hexter (eds.) The new American city looks to its regional future (Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 1999): 77-100.

If Greater Cleveland is to extend its comeback beyond glitzy downtown revitalization, it must overcome a number of underlying economic challenges - especially the lack of employment growth in its major industries and the relatively low educational attainment of its workforce. The overall challenge will be to create a balanced economic recovery that won't leave behind a large part of the region's population.

* article is peer reviewed
** article is reviewed by editorial board
*** article is invited

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