Edward "Ned" Hill

Ohio Manufacturing Institute (OMI), The Ohio State University


Edward (Ned) Hill is Professor of Economic Development in The Ohio State University’s John Glenn College of Public Affairs and Senior Research Associate of the College of Engineering’s Ohio Manufacturing Institute. He teaches public economics, economic development, and state and local public policy. 

Hill was the Chair of the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and member of the advisory for over a decade, and is currently a member of MAGNET’s Board of Directors. MAGNET is the Ohio MEP’s affiliate in Northeast Ohio.  He earned his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning and Economics from MIT.  

The Ohio Manufacturers Association’s Board of Directors presented Ned with the Legacy Award in 2005 and again in 2016 for his work on behalf of Ohio’s manufacturers.  Ned’s book, Ohio’s Competitive Advantage, was 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. 

His most recent book is Coping with Adversity: Regional Economic Resilience and Public Policy, published by Cornell University Press in 2017. His current research focuses on the impact of digital manufacturing on corporate investment and workforce strategies with his colleagues at the Ohio Manufacturing Institute.

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