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12-Feb-2011 12:00


Class 34


Cincinnati 2.0

Innovating the Future

Creating Cincinnati Innovation Ecosystem

Compiled by Michael Beck

Visit us on: www.innovatecincinnati.com



The theme for the Class 34 of Leadership Cincinnati is Innovation. As each year, the class should define projects that the participants would like to work on. 

The proposal for this team was to focus on Innovation in Cincinnati and how to reinvent Cincinnati as the “City of Innovation”.


Innovation pays off! 

From struggling former Rust Belt states such as Ohio to established high-tech leaders like Massachusetts, states are investing as much as $1 billion or more in science and technology initiatives in aggressive efforts to create jobs and drive long-term, sustainable economic growth. Evidence of the economic benefits of coordinated S&T planning and investments is readily available from a review of the experiences of many states that have already implemented state-supported initiatives. Examples of Return on Investment (ROI) results include: 

  • Ohio has estimated that the state’s expenditures of $681 million under the auspices of the Ohio Third Frontier project have generated $6.6 billion of economic activity, 41,300 jobs and $2.4 billion in employee wages.
  • For every dollar invested by the Oklahoma legislature in OCAST (OklahomaCenter for the Advancement of Science & Technology) Oklahoma has realized an average of $18 in return.
  • North Carolina has invested more than $1 billion in its expanding biotechnology enterprise during the past 10 years, and the annual economic impact exceeds $45 billion.
  • Texas brought more than 51,000 jobs and more than $13.6 billion in capital investment as a direct result of its Texas Enterprise Fund, only one of several S&Tbased economic development strategies enacted by the state legislature.

Creating, attracting and retaining knowledge workers are the most important steps a community can take to raise its innovation rate.  Unlike traditional business as most of us conceive it, an innovative business is all about people.     

In addition to building a knowledge workforce, we need to focus on building the local capacity to innovate rather than achieving a few "big wins" in the business attraction game.  Sustainable economic growth is no longer built on attracting the manufacturing facilities, R&D labs or distribution hubs of the world's biggest companies.  Why?  Because the world's biggest companies are not net creators of jobs.  They have been shrinking in terms of total employment for decade. It is the small companies that create the growth. 

Creating a “culture and passion for Innovation” and making it a theme for the city, will also create an opportunity for:

          - a new “brand” and identity for Cincinnati as “City of Innovation”, which will help to attract people and companies from outside

          - educating our residents about our accomplishments, thus generating a “sense of pride”, sense of belonging and togetherness

          - providing a clear path and focus for future development of our city

Call To Action 

The recent Regional Indicators Report, a scorecard produced by Agenda 360 and Vision 2015, paints a very grim picture of the Greater Cincinnati region. 

In comparison to 11 other metropolitan areas: Austin, Charlotte, Cleveland, Columbus, Denver, Indianapolis, Louisville, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, St. Louis. 

Cincinnati ranked overall 10th, beating only Cleveland and Louisville. 

The really chilling message was that if we continue with the current rate of growth, we would move up by only one spot, to number nine. 

Clearly, this is unacceptable, and if we care about our region, something dramatic has to change. These results should be seen as a serious wake-up call to each and every business, academic, community, civic and political leader in Cincinnati. 

As our own Mr. LaVaughn M. Henry, Ph.D. states in the 2010 State of the Community Report: “Where we need to turn our attention is on ramping up our commitment to attracting more knowledge-based and creative workers. If we can attract them, they will help inspire a sense of innovation and growth in our regional economy that will move us beyond simple consistency of the status quo – to consistency of exceeding expectations.” 

But it goes well beyond just our region. It is also a matter of national importance. As John Kao points in his 2009 HBR article “Tapping the World’s Innovation Hot Spots”, “China, currently the world’s center of outsourced manufacturing, will be the next hub of brute force innovation. The Chinese Politburo has set itself the concrete goal of turning China into an innovation-driven country by 2020. To that end, China has chosen 10 of its leading universities to receive extra funding in order to achieve world-class status.” And looking at the latest PISA results of 15-years old, they have the best chance to achieve just that:


The current trends in shares of global GDP are also alarming:



All major economic players have a long term strategies in place to build world leading innovation ecosystems over periods of the next 10 years, as mentioned above in China, and here in Europe:



Everybody is aware of the fact that it won’t be a quick fix or a silver bullet initiative; it will take time and a very disciplined and systematic approach. But if we want to be part of this race and not be left behind, it’s time to take action now! 


Innovate or Abdicate!

Executive Summary 

The project recommends a holistic approach to innovation, touching all aspects of Cincinnati’s life, and focus on our designated clusters. 

It is a paradox that right here in our city we have a company which faced a crisis and used innovation to turn itself around. So we need to take an example from them, and implement similar thinking and determination.  

As A.G. Lafley, the CEO of P&G stated in his book “Game Changer” which describes how P&G used innovation as a strategy to reinvent and reenergize the company, his job as the CEO was “focused on integrating innovation into everything we do.” 

Based on the research we did, looking at other cities, regions, states, countries, and country blocks like the European Community, and their economic development strategies, it is clear that as a city we must do something very similar to what P&G did:


We need to integrate innovation into everything that we do. 

The second area of our focus is the Cincinnati Clusters development:


We need to focus on our economic clusters in everything that we do 

And the third area is education – with the basic premise that we need to focus on children in our community to make them inventors, entrepreneurs, but mostly good students, because this is the best way to break the poverty cycle and lift up our community. This is best expressed by Strive: 

Every child, every step of the way, cradle to career 


This project identifies 6 major areas of focus:


  •           Talent/Education
  •           Research (University and corporate)
  •           Entrepreneurship
  •           Economic Development
  •           Open Government & Infrastructure
  •           Community Leadership


We cannot afford to focus on one or two of them, as it will not have the desired impact. The only way to leapfrog other cities and regions is to focus it a systematic way on creating a multiplier effect as a result from our activities, where success in one area accelerates success in other areas – an ecosystem. 


The good news is that several forward thinking leaders in the Greater Cincinnati area saw the issues coming and started several initiatives like the by Agenda 360 and Vision 2015, to evaluate what needs to happen. 

But it is also clear that Success comes from Execution and not Innovation itself. A great idea, they say, is only as good as its potential to be successfully executed. Therefore we need to focus on merging all the great ideas from by Agenda 360 and Vision 2015 reports into executable actions that are linked to each other.




Potential Owner


          Create and fund Cincinnati Innovation Council, as a permanent structure for innovation strategy and oversight, collaboration and planning

          Establish Cincinnati Innovation Index

          Create Open Innovation Web infrastructure

          TransformCincinnatiMuseumCenter into Museum of Science, Technology, and Innovation, to be the educational center for the region, focusing on our designated clusters, with a strong research park around it (Inno-City)

          World Creativity and Innovation Games, based on World Choir Games concept

          Innovation Heroes Marketing Campaign




          Broad city-wide support for Strive – this is our Best in Class initiative

          Establish mandatory “pre-school program” for kids (HighScope)

          IncreaseCollege Degree Attainment

          Focus on STEM education for K-12

          Science Club in every school

          At least 25% of schools are STEM schools by 2015

          Business Club teaching Entrepreneurship in every school

          Cincinnati Education Network (On-line courses)

          CASA (Cincinnati After-School Alliance (see Providence)

          Promote problem-based learning in K-12, community colleges and universities




          Establish Cincinnati Research Council (all universities and independent Research Institutes, plus Fortune 500) focusing on our economic clusters

          Streamline university majors across the region creating Hot Spots in Education, following Carnegie-Mellon example



          Create International Chamber of Commerce Forum

          Create Open Innovation Website for issues related to Cincinnati

          Establish a relationship with Kauffman Foundation for various events


Economic Dev.

          One leading Economic Development Agency for the Region, incl. one Website (one-stop shopping)

          Create Cincinnati Innovation Fund driving our economic clusters

          Create Cincinnati Cluster Alliance, as a nucleus of Ohio Cluster Alliance, focused on promoting designated clusters

          Cincinnati Innovation Awards and Innovation Fair,

          E&Y Entrepreneurship Awards

          Establish Immigration Service for international researchers and Entrepreneurs related to our clusters, and actively seek them out





          Establish OKI Caucus in Washington to lobby for our region

          Open Government

          Create “Improve Cincinnati” Website

          Open Source in eGovernment (Code for America)

          Establish Chief Innovation Officer for the city and region, leading the Cincinnati Innovation Council




          Create Intelligent Community

          Promote Arts entrepreneurship and arts clusters  (see San Jose and NYC)

          George Clooney Film Festival focused on world issues (link to Tennis Tournament to make it "High-level Celebrity event, similar to Redford's  Indy Festival in Parks, Utah)

          Unique Bridge as Signature of the City




Calendar of Actions & Events 





          OKI Caucus in Washington, DC




          Cincinnati Innovation Awards

          Cincinnati Innovation Fair



          Cincinnati Innovation & Research Council


          Cincinnati Cluster Alliance

          E&Y Entrepreneurship Awards


          World Creativity & Innovation Games, with Macy’s Festival as closing


          George Clooney Film Festival / Western & Southern Open 2011 / Arts Extravaganza

          National Inventors’ Month


          CASA (Cincinnati After-School Alliance (see Providence)

          Science & Business Clubs in each school

          Every school has a corporate sponsor(s) replicating Taft HS model


          Cincinnati’s Next Young Entrepreneur competition (see New York)







12-Feb-2011 11:00


What is innovation? 

Innovation—taking something established and introducing a new idea, method or device that creates a new dimension of performance.


Create and fund Cincinnati Innovation Council 

Almost every region has something similar, and Cincinnati should establish it ASAP, as a permanent structure for innovation strategy and oversight, collaboration and planning. The members of this council would be leading researchers, teachers, entrepreneurs, and government official responsible for economic development. Together they would be driving the transformation of Cincinnati into a “City of Innovation”. City/Region would also establish a “Chief Innovation Officer” position.


Establish Cincinnati Innovation Index 

Create Cincinnati (and potentially Ohio) Innovation Index, based on Massachusetts Innovation Index, so we can compare ourselves to the Best in Class 

See: http://www.masstech.org/institute2009/analysis.html


TransformMuseumCenter into Museum of Science, Technology, and Innovation 

In order to be the innovation center for the region, we need a central location, a gothering point, our “innovation beacon”. Transforming CincinnatiMuseumCenter into “Museum of Science, Technology, and Innovation”, documenting innovation in our region (e.g. P&G, aviation in Dayton, jet engines, etc.). At the same time they would have state of the art, interactive, digital exhibits focusing on general topics, but also on our designated clusters, with a strong Research Park around it (Inno-City). 

This would be based on the “Cincinnati Science/Space” proposal from Seed.


Create Annual World Creativity and Innovation Games 

Based on World Choir Games concept, they would start in 2013, and we would use 2012 World Choir Games to establish connections with all the countries represented, and ask them to invite their “creative/innovative” friends to come to Cincinnati. They could be our best ambassadors and allies in promoting Cincinnati around the world, and establish lasting relationships. 

But we need to hurry. We are way behind, because there are many other competitions already, with the world leader being Kauffman, The Foundation for Entrepreneurship” - http://www.kauffman.org/


We could call it: 

Cincinnovatus Awards 

P&G could use its muscles around the world to promote it on their packages, and do the international preliminaries in their offices around the world. This would position them as “Innovation Leader” and contribute to their image, as well as create a goodwill by focusing on “socially responsible” challenges, where they can “touch lives” 

Macy’s: Fashion Show

E&Y: Entrepreneurship Award

GE: Engineering Award

Kroger: Culinary/Wine award

UC: Research Award in Kids Innovation 

Culmination: One week “Cincinnovatus Games” in Cincinnati, with all campuses being involved, and then huge live parties in the Banks, or at Duke Energy in case of rain.

Students in dormitories, professionals in hotels. 

It would also include 24 hour “Extreme Engineering” – style competitions. 

Invite people like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, or get the Bill Gates Foundation to sponsor that. 

It would have to be a HUGE, event, with lights and music on the river, similar to huge river festival in main US and European cities. 

Cleveland is participating in something similar: http://cleveland.startupweekend.org/  but I didn’t see it in Cincinnati. 

Some other similar events to learn from:


http://www.unleashingideas.org/event- ... udent-entrepreneur-awards

UC is part of it:



Innovation Heroes Marketing Campaign 

Each TV Stations would be sponsoring Innovation News, focusing on Science, Business, Government, and Education. Each day it would be a different TV station, so all of them would be equally involved. Interviews, stories, challenges for the viewers with prizes, etc. 

Have series of Billboards with “I Innovate” with pictures of innovators from local companies and universities – our local “Innovation Heroes”


Cincinnati Innovation Mascot (Little Pig?) 

A Innovation Mascot for kids to engage them in Innovations. Make a comic series about Pig’s adventures as a little scientist in Porkopolis? 

There are already comic books from Japan promoting science education:








12-Feb-2011 10:00


Broad city-wide support for Strive – this is our Best in Class initiative 

Strive is probably Cincinnati’s best known community and education related program. It has been featured in many publications and other cities are copying it. We need to roll it out to every school in the area, and provide a very strong support.

City-wide Preschool Program (HighScope Perry Preschool Program) 

For the permanently poor, digital technologies risk making things worse.  If being digitally literate becomes a prerequisite for work, civic engagement, entertainment and even shopping, the bar is raised further for those who are not.   That is morally wrong.  It is also a big problem in practical terms.  Excluding people costs money – for social services, acute healthcare and criminal justice – that is effectively a tax on everyone else.  A famous study of the impact of early childhood education in the US, called the High/Scope Perry Preschool Program, followed a sample group of poor children for 40 years.  As youngsters, they took part in an intensive and expensive preschool program designed to equip them with basic life skills that they would not learn at home.  The cost was $15,600 per child in 2000 dollars.  The return on investment was a staggering $243,700 or 1525%, of which 75% went to the rest of us in the form of crime reduction, increased tax revenue, lower secondary education costs and savings on social services.



IncreaseCollege Degree Attainment 

Identify people with unfinished college degree and assist them to complete it, via initiatives such as tax incentives, college fee reduction for first 5 credits, and online courses. 

Increasing the four-year college attainment rate in each of the nation’s 51 largest metropolitan areas by one percentage point would be associated with a $124 billion increase in aggregate annual personal income.


Louisville region has a goal to move into the top tier among its peer cities by raising education attainment so that by 2020 at least

• 40% of working-age adults hold a bachelor’s degree (40,000 more), and

• 10% hold an associate’s degree (15,000 more).

See: http://www.55000degrees.com


They have 5 key objectives:


  1. First, to create and support a college-going culture. That means creating expectations from preschool onward that post-secondary education is essential for success. It's not “if” you go to college. It's when and where. We have a good start. Right now, 7 in 10 graduates from Louisville's public, private and parochial schools enroll in college after graduation. But rates vary dramatically by race and socioeconomic status.
  2. Second, to use the business community's unique points of leverage to accelerate attainment. Louisville has about 90,000 working-age adults with some college but no degree. Education-oriented employers can make a dramatic difference, from providing generous tuition assistance to offering career paths that reward education attainment.
  3. Third, to prepare students for success in college, career, citizenship and life. Our data shows that too many students enter college without the skills to start their course work. Only 1 in 3 students accepted at public two-year institutions, for example, were judged to ready to start without remedial work — a drain on time and financial resources.
  4. Fourth, to make post-secondary education accessible and affordable. The “sticker cost” of college is beyond the reach of many families. But scholarships and grants can cut the net price substantially. Our goal: to lower costs and better inform students and families of ways to make college more affordable.
  5. Fifth and last, to increase educational persistence, performance and progress. Too many students drop out of college and too many stick around without graduating. Our research found that only 44 percent of students at Louisville and Southern Indiana 4-year institutions finish in six years. Only 23 percent of students at 2-year institutions finish in three years.

 See also Virginia’s recommendation of the Education Commission:

http://www.education.virginia.gov/Ini ... 10FarrellPresentation.pdf


Cincinnati Education Network (Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology & Innovation) 

Using Blackboard or other Web technology, have weekly broadcasts from local companies (e.g. Children’s Hospital or P&G) with real life examples of a problem to solve, and then a challenge for next week. Kids can provide solutions via Interenet, UC students (or High School students) can grade it) and then the next week we have winners. 

The broadcasts are placed as YouTube videos for everybody to see and use it. 

Benefits: similar to KhanAcademy, we’ll promote:

          Cincinnati as a City of Innovation

          Local companies

          Collaboration among kids

Voluntary collaboration for Open Source solutions in Education 

As part of an initiative to meet tough new education attainment targets, the government of Ontario employed an open source strategy with its E-Learning Ontario initiative. It built an online repository of resources developed by teachers that can be customized to local needs to make this cache of information available to teachers and students at no cost. 

See: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/elearning/


ReplicateTaftHigh School model with Cincinnati Bell for each school 

The corporate sponsorship of the Taft HS by Cincinnati Bell is a model that should be replicated by each and every school in Cincinnati. 

Over the years, Taft's graduation rate climbed from 21 percent in 2000 to 95.2 percent in 2009. The school has an Excellent rating from the Ohio Department of Education and 100 percent of seniors passed all parts of the Ohio Graduation Test in 2010. 

See: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20 ... ool-celebrates-turnaround

Science Club in every school 

This program will promote STEM to all kids in all schools. The best ones can then move on to specialized STEMHigh School. 

See: http://scienceclub.org/kidproj1.html 

Example from South Korea: 

Suwon's educational programs also focus on technology innovation.  The Scientific Education Institute of Gyeonggi Province offers specialized IT classes at a local secondary school.  The city holds an annual Suwon Invention Competition for students and sends contestants to the World Innovation Olympiad every year.  Since 2004, Suwon has organized an Information & Science Festival, which attracts 60,000 registrants to a National e-Sports Competition, National Intelligent Robot Competition, Students' Science Festival, Professional Gamers Exhibition and many more events.



Business/Young Entrepreneur Club in every school 

This program will teach kids how to create and run a business. There could be done via video games like the “Hot Shot” from Walt Disney Company. The kids would then compete in E&Y Youth Entrepreneur Awards competition. 

See: http://disney.go.com/hotshot/today.html 

It would also include meetings with executives from local companies. Hispanic Chamber has done something similar.


E&Y Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards 

Establish an annual competition for K-12 level competing in Entrepreneurship, similar to Kauffman competitions. Awards will be presented at the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Gala in June 2011. 

Electronic Library based on Google Books. 

The ultimate goal would be to replace all libraries with access to electronic libraries via CESTIN or via electronic book tablet. Google has currently scanned over 12 million books. 

See example from South Korea: 

The electronic library of Gangnam-gu, opened in 24 places of empty classes in elementary schools in the district since 2001, has a total of 330,000 electronic books at this time, and these books are made available to nationwide elementary school students. The system realizes the equality of education through Internet by providing the service to students of 1,667 elementary schools in 123 local governments nationwide. 

Source: http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/i ... ry=Community&prid=470


CASA (CincinnatiAfter-SchoolAlliance) 

The mission is to expand and improve after-school opportunities for the youth of Cincinnati by organizing a system to ensure all youth access to high-quality after-school programs and learning opportunities. Modeled after Providence PASA program: http://www.mypasa.org/ 

This could be part of Strive, if it’s not already considered. 

Other cities are looking into it:

http://www.mypasa.org/news/2010/11/17 ... replicate-afterzone-model

http://cityof.providenceri.com/mayor/ ... te-providences-afterzones 


Promote problem-based learning in K-12, community colleges and universities 

Academic institutions should develop curricula specifically designed to teach innovation skills and support major changes in innovation learning. They should expand the use of experiential learning. 

http://edition.cnn.com/video/?/video/ ... perry.creativity.ohio.cnn



12-Feb-2011 09:00


Establish Cincinnati Research Council 

This is similar to Georgia Research Alliance (http://www.gra.org/), which was created to to attract the world’s pre-eminent scientists to lead extraordinary programs of research and development at affiliated Georgia research universities.  

The focus would be in areas with the most potential for generating new companies in Cincinnati, for helping established companies grow, and for creating new science and technology jobs, in support of our designated Clusters. The members would include representatives from all universities and independent Research Institutes, plus Fortune 500 companies, government, and Investors.

Create Hot Spots in Education and Research 

We need to streamline university education majors across the region. There are too many overlaps between local universities, who compete for the same students, instead of consolidating resources and creating local equivalents of HarvardBusinessSchool or MIT. For example, looking at “Innovation/Entrepreneurship Centers”: 

University of Cincinnati: UC Center for Entrepreneurship Education & Research

Xavier University: Xavier's Entrepreneurial Center
http://www.xavier.edu/williams/center ... eneurial-center/index.cfm 

Northern Kentucky University: Fifth Third Bank Entrepreneurship Institute Links

Miami University: Thomas C. Page Center for Entrepreneurial Studies:

Miami University:  Center for Social Entrepreneurship

It would make more sense to merge these centers into one SuperCenter in one University, while exchanging centers from other areas, e.g. technology. This way, we could have UC focusing, for example, on Technology and Science, Xavier on Business, and NKU on Software and Computer Science, and MiamiU. on MedicalSchool. Of course, this would have to be negotiated between the Universities. 

The example here is CarnegieMellonUniversity with its focus on Computer Science 

The next step will be then to create a merged University like the Aalto University in Finland, similar in concept to the Skolkovo project in Russia (http://www.i-gorod.com/en/), or at least an open agreement where students could attend classes at any of the universities with full credit.


Promote collaboration between universities. See SOCHE: http://www.soche.org/

12-Feb-2011 08:00


Create International Chamber of Commerce Forum 

Cincinnati has to focus on exports to generate more revenue, and on finding innovation partners abroad. 

We need to create stronger relationships between the various international Chambers of Commerce in Cincinnati: Hispanic, Chinese, European, and African-American. 

The idea is to focus on our economic clusters and identify global opportunities where the international chambers can act as “match makers”.


Create Open Innovation Website for issues related to Cincinnati 

“Open innovation is a paradigm that assumes that firms can and should use external ideas as well as internal ideas, and internal and external paths to market, as the firms look to advance their technology”. The boundaries between a firm and its environment have become more permeable; innovations can easily transfer inward and outward. The central idea behind open innovation is that in a world of widely distributed knowledge, companies cannot afford to rely entirely on their own research, but should instead buy or license processes or inventions (i.e. patents) from other companies. In addition, internal inventions not being used in a firm's business should be taken outside the company (e.g., through licensing, joint ventures, spin-offs). 


1) P&G: http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/04_41/b3903463.htm

2) https://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Usin ... e_business_processes_2512

3) http://www2.innocentive.com/

4) http://www.innovationexchange.com/open-challenges.aspx


Create Cincinnati Entrepreneur Toolbox for potential entrepreneurs 

We need one central location for potential entrepreneurs, with as comprehensive “Toolbox” for them, to learn quickly what resources are available to them in Cincinnati, so they can be successful. 

12-Feb-2011 07:00


One leading Economic Development Agency for the Region 

There is a need for one centralized agency for Economic Development, incl. one Website (one-stop shopping). There are too many agencies, and potential entrepreneur can get easily lost, confused, and waste a lot of time.

Focus on our economic clusters in everything that we do

It seems like there is no “pro-active“ development of Clusters. We tell people, we have them, and hope that they come. Massachusetts hat a “Life Sciences Tax Incentives” to focus specifically on Life Sciences. 

How many education & Research programs have been created at local Universities or VC or Incubators to promote specific cluster? 

North Carolina is a great example in their focus on aerospace where they work very hard to attract entrepreneurs and companies related to their clusters. 

Our current investment in start-ups is not covering all our economic clusters with too many companies outside of them. This would indicate that there won’t be a sufficient impact leading to creating vibrant Hot Spots in Cincinnati. 










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Create Cincinnati Cluster Alliance, as a nucleus of Ohio Cluster Alliance 

How can we leverage all Innovation Hubs within Ohio for cross pollination and marketing? For example, offer “Consumer Marketing” services to Biomaterials or Solar Energy Hub. Leverage Children’s Hospital with Cleveland’s Health and Technology Corridor Hub 

          Akron Biomaterials Commercialization Hub

          Central Ohio Hub for Advanced Energy Manufacturing and Energy Storage

          Cincinnati’s Consumer Marketing Hub of Innovation

          Cleveland Health and Technology Corridor Hub

          Northwest Ohio Solar Energy Innovation Hub

          Ohio Aerospace Hub in Dayton

          Youngstown Entrepreneurial Hub of Advanced Materials Commercialization and Software Development                  

How can we take advantage of 2011 Cluster Development (if they survive new Ohio governor review): http://thirdfrontier.com/FY2011_ProgramOpportunities.htm 

          - Fuel Cell Program

          - Photovoltaic Program

          - Advanced Energy Program

          - Biomedical Program

          - Medical Imaging Program

          - Advanced Materials Program

          - Sensors Program

Create Cincinnati Innovation Fund driving our economic clusters 

A good example is the Massachusetts Life Sciences Fund focusing exclusively on Life Science Industries:


Innovation Fair 

The annual Cincinnati Innovation Fair would include entrepreneurs commercializing products from local startups in the high-tech areas of our main clusters: life sciences, biomedical devices, alternative energy, industrial products and information technology.

Ohio (or Midwest) Innovation Hall of Fame 

Established in the Cincinnati Museum of Science, Technology, and Innovation, it would honor extraordinary innovations and inventions from Ohio (or Midwest). This will help to get the attention of innovators, bring new people to Cincinnati, and reinforce our image as City of Innovation.


Cincinnati’s Next Entrepreneur 

Modeled after NYC Next Idea, it invites international teams of 2-5 participants to submit business plans for ideas that may be commercially viable in Cincinnati. Six teams of finalists will win a six-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Cincinnati to compete in the final round of the competition hosted at a local university. Finalists will have the opportunity to learn about and network with leaders in the City’s business and entrepreneurial community. 

Undergraduates, graduate students, and recent alumni (within the past five years) of non-U.S. educational institutions are eligible to compete in the competition’s two tracks: undergraduate ($15,000 cash prize) or graduate ($20,000 cash prize). Entries will be evaluated by Cincinnati-based venture capitalists and angel investors. 

Similar program was started in Chile: Start-up Chile: http://www.startupchile.org/, which is offering $40,000 and a visa to entrepreneurs from anywhere in the world to get their companies started in Chile. All they have to do is to stay in the country for six months. Chile is betting that those foreigners will teach its natives about entrepreneurship and risk taking and at the same help them build global networks. 

With start-up money and mentorship if they fit into our Cluster Strategy, and if they agree to start it in Cincinnati


Provide Immigration Consulting to local companies 

We need to actively seek international researchers and entrepreneurs related to our clusters, and provide free Immigration Service for local companies helping to recruit them. The foreign-born researchers and entrepreneurs who founded a majority of Silicon Valley tech companies brought diversity and new ideas with them. 

Chile is trying such an experiment with its Start-Up Chile program.  

Countries, such as Russia, that have deep supplies of science and engineering talent should also connect those workers with their counterparts in America and Europe who are desperately looking for such talent. This should be a simple matter of setting up Web sites and internships and easing regulations. Small companies and start-ups don’t have the resources to search for international partners, or go through the work and immigration permits. A central regional agency could help them. 

Similar to Silicon Valley, Israel also experienced positive impact of highly skilled immigrants through the influx of Russian Jews (as described in Start-up Nation)


Student Retention 

Offer current students Student Loan reimbursement if they stay in Cincinnati, e.g. 25% for every 2 years, and if they have minimum 3.0/4.0 GPA. 

And offer Start-up money and tax incentives if they start a new business here.


School to Work and Work to School Swap Program 

Make a deal with local employers that if they take a Co-op, local University will enable a worker to go for 50% discount for a Degree.  This should raise a number of graduates with degrees, while increasing number of students with work experience. 

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This doesn’t need any explanations, and the other LC team is working on it. 

Good document on Innovation Clusters:

http://www.compete.org/publications/d ... ional-innovation-clusters 

Establish OKI Caucus in Washington to lobby for our region 

If we are working together as a region, we need to create an OKI lobby in Washington. I don’t know if something like this already exists, but it would be good to have a once a year a meeting between US Senators and House Representatives in Cincinnati, to talk about our issues and where they could help us.


Sister City Program with Intelligent Communities around the world 

Some of the goals of Sister City Program 

  •           Create an atmosphere in which economic and community development can be implemented and strengthened. 
  •           Stimulate environments through which communities will creatively learn, work, and solve problems together through reciprocal cultural, educational, municipal, business, professional and technical exchanges and projects.


By 1994, Cincinnati had seven international sister cities, Liuzhou, China (1988); Gifu, Japan (1988); Kharkiv, Ukraine (1989); Munich, Germany (1989); Harare, Zimbabwe (1990); Nancy, France (1991); and Taipei-Hsien, Taiwan (1994.) 

Currently we are considering a city in Latin America. 

It would be advisable to select a city that is focused on innovative. From Intelligent Community Forum, it seems like Porto Alegre would be ideal for us: 

http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/i ... ry=Community&link=Map


Porto Alegre (Brazil), Population: 1,400,000 

Porto Alegre is the capital city of an agrarian state.  The community was a success story in heavy industry until rising costs in the Seventies drove industry to relocate to surrounding "satellite cities."  To fill the employment gap, the community has focused on building a high-skilled service sector and “clean” industry clusters in IT and life sciences.  It has been a “Greenfield” effort, in which government has labored to build digital infrastructure, create the skills and demand for it, and use it to develop a knowledge workforce.  A 350km fiber network called Infovia now connects 190 government buildings.  It has generated direct savings on telecom costs for the city and serves as the backbone for a wireless network reaching 93 schools and 100 healthcare facilities.  It has also gained its first corporate customers in an industrial park, where broadband helped attract 12 new tenants in 2 years.  Porto Alegre has provided over 3,000 low-income residents with free digital skills training, with special accommodations for the elderly and disabled.  Using the network, clinics in low-income areas offer remote ultrasound examinations of pregnant women.  It has reduced the waiting time for an exam from 4 months to 34 days, and women are now four times less likely to miss a scheduled appointment, because it takes place close to home.  www.portoalegre.rs.gov.br


Promote use of Open Source, Participate in Code for America 

District of Columbia’s “Apps for Democracy,” a contest to encourage developers to create applications that would give residents access to data such as crime reports and pothole repair schedules. Forty-seven applications were created in 30 days. Hiring contract developers would have cost approximately $2.6 million, whereas the cost of running the contest was a mere $50,000. 

Russian Government will transition to Linux by 2015, as reported in Ostatic

Asian countries like China, Japan and Korea are creating curriculums for Open Source, teaching kids already in mid-schools, knowing that the future revenue will be coming from Software and not Hardware. Open Source sparks innovation, while it doesn’t require any major capital investment. 

Participate in, or take advantage of solution created by “Code for America” 

See: http://codeforamerica.org/2011-cities-projects/ 

Collaborate with other cities to create solutions that could be used by all.


Open Government Data Initiative 

Provide open data for the city and county. 

The three principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration form the cornerstone of an open government.  Transparency promotes accountability by providing the public with information about what the Government is doing.  Participation allows members of the public to contribute ideas and expertise so that their government can make policies with the benefit of information that is widely dispersed in society.  Collaboration improves the effectiveness of Government by encouraging partnerships and cooperation within the Federal Government, across levels of government, and between the Government and private institutions. 





Establish OneCommunity in Cincinnati for Broadband (as in Cleveland) 

OneCommunity is a nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the adoption of information technologies to drive economic development in Northern Ohio. OneCommunity connects more than 1,000 public and nonprofit sites via its regional fiber-optic broadband network, one of the fastest open networks in the world. An "Open Network Provider," OneCommunity collaborates with public- and private-sector providers and partners to lead innovative 21st-century programs in health care, education, government and economic development. www.onecommunity.org

Read also this article 

Manchester has focused great energy on chronic poverty, because this prosperous community still has some of Britain's most economically distressed communities.  The Eastserve project there offers some important principles.  First, it is to make the people you want to help your partners in providing that help.  The Eastserve project recruited and trained local champions to staff a program that provided new and refurbished PCs to residents who took a digital skills training course.  By investing in recruiting and training the trainers, Eastserve created a core group of believers who could carry the message of digital literacy to their neighbors.  Being neighbors, they found easier acceptance for their message.  The best of them also had the personal commitment to help people through the difficulties of adopting a new and unfamiliar technology.  The program has gone through ups and downs with cycles in funding but has persisted and even grown, and I suspect that is largely because of the community champions it has created. 

From the Gangnam District of Seoul, South Korea comes another lesson: don't miss digital opportunities to level the playing field.  Korean culture places enormous value on education.  Poor families are at a disadvantage because they can't afford to send their children to the after-school tutoring (aka "cram schools") that is the common fate of Korean students.  Gangnam's answer was to offer over 100 online lectures from a famous private academy for only US$21 per year, and to digitize more than 300,000 books in its library system.  Broadband is cheap and ubiquitous in South Korea, and these programs have served hundreds of thousands of kids. 

Source: http://www.digitalcommunities.com/blo ... rom-Stuck-to-Started.html 


Create “Improve Cincinnati” Website 

This Website would collect ideas and suggestions from Cincinnati residents on what could be improved in our city and how. This is based on “Improve San Francisco”:


but with access to all citizens, providing ideas to the “Cincinnati Innovation Council”

Once a quarter there would be a prize for the best idea. If there are any tangible savings realized as a result of this idea, the person who suggested it would receive 25% of the savings in the first two years: 10% to the person, and 15% to a charity of choice. This should provide a good incentive to participate.


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Create Intelligent Community


 Intelligent Communities are those which have – whether through crisis or foresight – come to understand the enormous challenges of the Broadband Economy, and have taken conscious steps to create an economy capable of prospering in it.

Today, broadband offers every community the opportunity to move from the periphery to the center in economic terms.  It creates new kinds of companies like Yahoo and Google, even whole new industries.  It enables small companies to be global exporters – including the export of skills and knowledge which were never before transportable across time zones or national borders. 

It can ensure that schools in remote regions and inner cities have access to the latest information tools and reference sources.  It can link rural healthcare providers to leading medical centers and local law enforcement to national information grids.  Individuals and businesses can go global in search of low-cost, quality vendors, and Web-based tools can increase community involvement. 

By boosting the economic and social well-being of communities, broadband can reduce the incentives for their young people to move away in search of opportunity and a better quality of life.  Paradoxically, it can play a key role in giving communities a sustainable future in our ever-more-connected world. 

Use “Community Accelerator” to move toward Intelligent Community


Intelligent Community Indicators 

In a study funded by the Province of Ontario, Canada, the Intelligent Community Forum defined five critical success factors for the creation of Intelligent Communities.  This list of Intelligent Community Indicators, as the study termed them, provided the first conceptual framework for understanding all of the factors that determine a community's competitiveness in the Broadband Economy.   In its work since then, ICF has also identified a number of success factors for Intelligent Communities in both industrialized and developing nations. 

 1. Broadband Connectivity

Broadband is the new essential utility, as vital to economic growth as clean water and good roads.  Intelligent Communities express a clear vision of their broadband future and craft policies to encourage deployment and adoption.                      

 2. Knowledge Workforce

A knowledge workforce is a labor force that creates economic value through the acquisition, processing and use of information.  Intelligent Communities exhibit the determination and demonstrated ability to develop a workforce qualified to perform knowledge work from the factory floor to the research lab, and from the construction site to the call center or Web design studio.                   

 3. Digital Inclusion 

As broadband deploys widely through a community, there is serious risk that it will worsen the exclusion of people who already play a peripheral role in the economy and society, whether due to poverty, lack of skills, prejudice or geography.  Intelligent Communities promote digital inclusion by creating policies and funding programs that provide “have-nots” with access to digital technology and broadband, by providing skills training and by promoting a compelling vision of the benefits that the broadband economy can bring to their lives.                     

 4. Innovation 

For business, broadband has become to innovation what fertilizer is to crops. Intelligent Communities work to build the local innovation capacity of new companies, because these produce all of the job growth in modern economies, and invest in e-government programs that reduce their costs while delivering services on the anywhere-anytime basis that digitally savvy citizens expect.                     

 5. Marketing and Advocacy 

Like businesses facing greater global competition, communities must work harder than ever to communicate their advantages and explain how they are maintaining or improving their position as wonderful places to live, work and build a growth business.  Effective marketing shares this story with the world, while advocacy builds a new vision of the community from within.


The Intelligent Community Indicators provide communities with a framework for assessment, planning and development, as they work to build prosperous local economies in the Broadband Economy.  The Indicators also reveal the interactions that can create a "virtuous cycle" of positive change.  Broadband connectivity feeds the development of a knowledge workforce as well as creating the foundation of digital inclusion programs.  Both contribute to a rising level of innovation in the community as well as increasing demand for connectivity.  And Intelligent Communities make this wave of change the core "value proposition" in economic development marketing.



Intelligent Community Success Factors 

In addition to its Intelligent Community Indicators, ICF has identified factors that distinguish the most successful Intelligent Communities: 


The development of an Intelligent Community typically requires intense collaboration among government, businesses, universities and institutions.  Few organizations have enough resources, political capital or public backing to drive a community-wide transformation.  But collaboration is challenging.  It demands vision, flexibility, and a high degree of trust among the partners.  Intelligent Communities develop the vision, find the flexibility and create trusting relationships among key constituencies.  Effective collaboration is typically the result of the working environment created by effective leaders. 


It is fair to say that no Intelligent Community has succeeded without strong leadership.  Effective leaders identify challenges, set priorities, communicate a compelling vision and foster a sense of urgency in achieving it.  They establish a collaborative environment that encourages risk-taking and creates win-win relationships with partners in government, businesses and institutions.  It matters little where leadership comes from.  In the Intelligent Communities that ICF has studied, leadership has emerged from elected officials, government employees, business executives, universities and nonprofit organizations.  What matters is the character, motivation and talents of the individuals who commit themselves to improving the economic and social wellbeing of the community. 


When Intelligent Communities invest in broadband, workforce development, digital inclusion, innovation, marketing and advocacy, they work to create programs that sustain themselves through local service revenue, growth of the tax base, and the attraction of long-term investment.  They avoid depending on short-term funding that fails to lay a foundation for the future, or that is subject to changing political priorities.   They also plan their growth in order to maintain quality of life while creating jobs and spurring business growth.  They craft policies on land use, building codes, transportation, rights-of-way and other infrastructure to ensure the community remains a desirable place to live and work.  They also use technology to reduce dependence on physical infrastructure, allowing more citizens to share the same community resources.  And many Intelligent Communities give specific attention to environmental sustainability.  They invest in Intelligent Community programs in order to identify environmental issues, reduce pollution and curb carbon emissions as well as for economic development and inclusion.  This environmental stewardship contributes to the health of the community and the sustainability of the planet. 

Artists as Creative Entrepreneurs

Create programs similar to San Jose and New York City and focused on helping artist to become self-sustainable:

  • Create new or expand existing web-based resources for Cincinnati artists.
  • Promoting Arts Clusters in designated neighborhoods.
  • Establishing Artists as Entrepreneurs program, a five-day “boot camps” to learn how to turn their creative concepts into viable business plans. It would help artist-entrepreneurs grapple with topics ranging from setting financial goals to building effective teams.
  • Create affordable studio and rehearsal space in Cincinnati’s business incubators, to create cross-discipline synergies

George Clooney Film Festival focused on world issues 

Our Tennis Tournament is not very well used to market our city. We should try to make it a cross-marketing high-celebrity event, with other high-level events to compliment and enhance the experience. One way would be to organize special events for the evenings, so the visitors to the games have something interesting to do in the evening. 

One idea would be a “George Clooney Film Festival” focused on world issues and events. This would pay tribute to his engagement in Darfur, and would help to solicit his father’s participation. It would be similar to Redford's  Indy Festival in Park City, Utah. 

Another idea would be Fashion Design, Graphic and Visual Arts and Multimedia Design Festival, together with UC Fashion Design, Macy’s Young Designers, and P&G Cosmetics. 

Or an Contemporary Arts Festival, similar to Arts Basel Miami Beach

See: http://www.artbaselmiamibeach.com/ 

Create a “Role Model Neighborhood” 

Concentrated effort on one area to make it a role model. This area would have to agree to merge with Cincinnati. This would include: infrastructure improvements, job creation and training, education, improved safety, transportation, etc.

Promote it to other villages/townships that they would get the same, if they merge with Cincinnati.

Unique Bridge as Signature of the City 

We need to become more innovative and trend-setting in our buildings. The Ascent building in Covington is the best example what can be achieved, if we dare to be creative.

The next opportunity would be the new SpencerBridge replacement.


Erasmusbrug: Nicknamed ‘The Swan’ due to the shape of the pylon supporting it, the Erasmusbrug was completed in 1996 and acts as a link between the north and south of the city of Rotterdam. To allow ships to pass, the southern span boasts a 292ft long bascule bridge, the largest and heaviest if its kind in Europe. Popular for its aesthetic appeal, the bridge featured in the 2005 film ‘Who Am I?’ in which Red Bull Air Race planes flew underneath! Construction of the 2,650ft long, 6,800 tonne Erasmusbrug cost $110 million and was completed in 1996. 


New Architecture (Bilbao model)

Promote usage of famous architects to create unique landscape in Cincinnati, e.g. for Casino. ContemporaryArtCenter is a good example of something unique as a signature for the city can be created.


Innovation in Arts 


WaterFire Providence®, the award-winning sculpture by Barnaby Evans installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence, has been praised by Rhode Island residents and international visitors alike as a powerful work of art and a moving symbol of Providence’s renaissance. WaterFire’s one hundred sparkling bonfires, the fragrant scent of aromatic wood smoke, the flickering firelight on the arched bridges, the silhouettes of the firetenders passing by the flames, the torch-lit vessels traveling down the river, and the enchanting music from around the world engage all the senses and emotions of those who stroll the paths of Waterplace Park. WaterFire has captured the imagination of over ten million visitors, bringing life to downtown, and revitalizing Rhode Island’s capital city.


What are other States doing in the area of Innovation:

Tennessee: http://www.tntechnology.org/

New Jersey: http://www.njeda.com/

Delaware: http://www.firststateinnovation.org/ 

Georgia: http://www.gra.org/ 

Oklahoma: http://www.ok.gov/ocast/ 

Maryland: http://www.marylandtedco.org/ 

Utah: http://www.innovationutah.com/ 

Pennsylvania; http://benfranklin.org/ 

Iowa: https://openup.iowa.gov/ 

Kansas:  http://www.ktec.com/       http://www.kansasbioauthority.org/about_the_kba/ (started in 2004)

Arkansas: http://asta.ar.gov/

Massachusetts:  http://www.masstech.org/         http://www.masshightech.com/ 

New York: http://www.nycfuture.org/        http://www.nystar.state.ny.us/

Minnesota: http://www.mhta.org/

California: http://www.innovatecalifornia.net/    http://www.business.ca.gov/ 

Michigan: http://www.rightplace.org/Innovation-Works.aspx 

Minnesota: http://www.mhta.org/


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