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2011 Year in Review

Ohio has been pushing to be a leader in business, technology and environmentalism, from innovative restaurants looking to go green with their recycling of food and waste, to state bills that help entrepreneurs and sustainability groups. Managing Editor Steph Greegor takes a look back at 2011 and the stories that were important to Ohio and hiVelocity readers.

Fusing art and technology

The Fuse Factory makes digital beauty accessible for the masses through education and art space. If you haven't seen what this lab can do with technology and arts, you're missing out on something special.

The Talent Dividend: How more college grads can add to Ohio's bottom line through its cities

What's the best thing a city can do to achieve more economic success? Increase its number of college graduates. The most prosperous cities have the highest number of college grads. Read how the Talent Dividend calculates just how much college degrees add to a city's bottom line--think billions--and why cities from Cleveland to Cincinnati are among the 57 cities competing for the million dollar prize to boost college attainment.

The metro brand: how three cities are touting their strengths

It's not enough that cities have to compete with the rest of the world to attract business and jobs, they often face fierce competition from cities within a few hours' drive. Here's a look at how several of Ohio's metropolitan areas view their intrastate rivalries and market themselves.

High-Tech curriculum fuels Stark State enrollment boom

Pop quiz: What Ohio institution of higher learning has grown faster than any other state public college or university over the last decade? The answer might surprise you.

Q&A: Lester Lefton on Kent State's role in Ohio's new economy

Lester A. Lefton became Kent State University's 11th president in July 2006. Ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching among the nation's best public research universities and among the best colleges and universities in community engagement, Kent State has been at the forefront of high-tech innovation in Northeast Ohio. hiVelocity asked Lefton about Kent State's role in Ohio's new economy and his vision for the region.

Video: Lorain County Community College's Fab Lab . . . it's fab!

When it opened in 2005, Lorain County Community College's Fab Lab (think fabrication) was the second such facility in the country. The other was at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Today, students and community residents alike are making use of its collection of machines that can be used to "make just about anything with features bigger than those of a computer chip." hiVelocity takes you behind the scenes.

Small town entrepreneurs prove success not hinged on city lights

Big business doesn't always have to mean life in the big city. Some of Ohio's fastest-growing companies are proving that, becoming leaders in high-tech and service fields far from the outer-belts of Ohio's urban centers. And they plan on staying there.

Ohio Aerospace Institute: connecting the dots since 1989

It doesn't always make the news. It's seldom in the limelight. But working behind the scenes, the Ohio Aerospace Institute is a facilitator -- a bridge builder -- the caulking in the cracks.

Akron partnership banks on building biomedical corridor, jobs

"I came to Akron because I was quite impressed with the vision of what the BioInnovation Institute could become," says Dr. Frank Douglas. "There is a tremendous desire here to do something that improves the health of the economy in this region and that's why this will succeed."

Shawnee State's not playing games with focus on interactive tech

The distance between the Ohio River Valley and California's Silicon Valley is getting smaller all the time. That's because Shawnee State University, in Portsmouth the Scioto County riverside town with a neighborhood known as Boneyfiddle and a downtown spot honoring Roy Rogers -- is closing the gap.

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