A recent initiative within YSU is the provision of a formal system of support within the School of Graduate Studies and Research for economic development by providing access to University research expertise and research facilities to the regional business community. A Business Community Liaison coordinates access to faculty expertise and research facilities by industries in the Valley, and the University has embarked on a new role of community support to help local companies identify resources to expand or redefine their businesses through the activities of the Garden Club Angels of Youngstown, a community based educational initiative, sponsored by YSU through the School of Graduate Studies and Research and the Youngstown Business Incubator (YBI). These activities are also coordinated with the YSU Metropolitan College for workforce development and with other established economic development organizations, such as the YSU Small Business Development Center and the YBI.
Youngstown State University has also been designated by the Governor of the State of Ohio as the Ohio Hub of Advanced Materials and Software Development. The Hub aims to develop, manufacture, market and apply next generation materials. The Hub will assist Youngstown’s already robust entrepreneurial environment and build upon the region’s emerging strengths in advanced materials commercialization.
Location: Coffelt Hall Room - 350
Location (2): Williamson Hall Room - 3335
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