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Member News: BGSU Wins National Award

Bowling Green State University has announced that the university is the winner of the Awards of Excellence granted by the Economic Development Association. BGSU was recognized for research about how to determine the most promising sites in Ohio for production of industrial wind turbines. Their research is titled, “Locating Aspirational Clusters: A Spatial Method for Locating Ohio’s Wind Energy Cluster.” Contributors to the study include: Dr. Joseph Frizado, interim dean of the College of Technology and faculty member in geology; Dr. Michael Carroll, director of BGSU’s Center for Regional Development and economics faculty member; William Burns, assistant director of the Center for Regional Development; Dr. Bruce Smith, Professor Emeritus of geography; and Dr. Neil Reid of the University of Toledo, a geographer specializing in economic planning.

“With the contraction of the automotive industry, we looked for a way to transition our assets as a manufacturing state. A lot of the parts are similar,” Burns said. He and his colleagues identified 13 major components needed to produce a wind turbine and then looked for possible producers in Ohio.

 


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