Dr. Edward [Ned] Hill teaches economic development policy, public policy and public finance in both the Glenn College and the City and Regional Planning section in the College of Engineering’s Knowlton School of Architecture.


Before coming to Ohio State, Hill was dean of the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University for eight years and was Professor and Distinguished Professor of Economic Development.


He serves as nonresident senior fellow of The Brookings Institution, where he is affiliated with the Metropolitan Policy Program. He was chair of the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) from 2007 until 2010. His appointment to the Board ended in April 2014, making him the board’s longest serving member.


He has edited Economic Development Quarterly and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Planning Association. His latest co-authored book, Economic Adversity and Regional Economic Resilience, is expected to be published by Cornell University Press in 2016.


Crain’s Cleveland Business recognized Hill’s work in 2012 when he was listed in its Who’s Who, 150, Names to Know in Northeast Ohio. Hill is listed in Crain’s 2014 Power 150. Gov. Taft appointed him to Ohio’s Urban Revitalization Task Force, Gov. Strickland named him to the Automotive Industry Support Council, Gov. Kasich placed Hill on the state’s manufacturing task force, and former Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives Bill Batchelder appointed him to the Cooperative Education Advisory Board of the Ohio Board of Regents.


Hill holds a doctoral degree in economics, urban and regional planning, a Master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in economics and urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania.



Areas of research

  • Economic and community development
  • State and local public policy and management
  • Workforce development and labor economics
  • Urban and regional economics
  • Business strategy and Industry organization related to economic development

Recent Publication

2015 Hexter, Kathryn, Edward Hill, Banjamin Clark, Brian Mikelbank, and Charles Post. “Revitalizing older suburbs: Case studies in Alabama, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania” in Katrin Anacker (ed) The New American Suburb: Poverty, Race and the Mortgage Crisis (Ashgate) :213-246.


Most Cited Publications

Hill, Edward W. and John F. Brennan (2000), A methodology for identifying the drivers of industrial clusters: The foundation of regional competitive advantage, Economic Development Quarterly 14(1): 65-96.

Hill, Edward; Wial, Howard; Wolman, Harold (2008) : Exploring regional economic resilience, Working Paper, Institute of Urban and Regional Development, No. 2008,04

Hill, Edward W; HL Wolman, CC Ford (1995) Can suburbs survive without their central cities? Examining the suburban dependence hypothesis, Urban Affairs Review, 1995

Hill, Edward W., Travis St. Clair, Howard Wial, and Harold Wolman, (2012) “Economic shocks and regional economic resilience,” Urban and Regional Policy and its Effects, volume 4, Chapter 6.

Professor Ned Hill has an op-ed in the Columbus Dispatch on why the Affiliate Power Purchase Agreement proposed by AEP and FirstEnergy is bad public policy and should be rejected by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.


Read the op-ed


Professor Hill has received the George Voinovich Municipal Service Award from the Cuyahoga County Mayors & City Managers Association for his work with municipalities in the region.

Edited Books

2003
White, Sammis B., Richard Bingham, and Edward W. Hill, Financing economic development in the 21st century (Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2003).

1997
Bingham, Richard D. and Edward W. Hill, Global perspectives on economic development: Government and enterprise finance (New Brunswick, N.J.: Center for Urban Policy Research, 1997).

1995
Buss, Terry F. and Edward W. Hill, Reviving local economies: A guide for Russian officials, (Moscow: USIA, 1995). In Russian

1992
Galster, George and Edward W. Hill, The Metropolis in Black and White: Place, power and polarization (New Brunswick, N.J.: Transactions Publishers, 2012). Originally published by the Center for Urban Policy Research, 1992. (fourth printing 2012)

Bingham, Richard D., Edward W. Hill, and Sammis B. White, Financing Economic Development: An institutional response (Newbury Park CA: Sage Publications, 1990). In Ukrainian by Lilopys Publishing House, Lviv, Ukraine 2003.

Professor Ned Hill discusses manufacturing and government policy.





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