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Urban edge is Sichel Lecture topic

March 1, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Economic development with an urban edge is in the spotlight at Western Michigan University Wednesday, March 9, during the Werner Sichel 2004-05 Lecture-Seminar Series on Regional Economic Development: Current Issues.

The speaker, Dr. Edward W. "Ned" Hill, is professor and distinguished scholar of economic development at the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. He is also a nonresident senior fellow of the Metropolitan Policy Program of The Brookings Institution. His presentation at WMU is titled "Nine Rules for the Practice of Economic Development" and is at 3 p.m. in Room 3508 of Knauss Hall.

Hill edited Economic Development Quarterly, which publishes research on the development of the American economy, from 1994 to 2005. He is author of two books, co-editor of five books, and author of more than 70 articles, book chapters, and columns. He was part of a joint Deloitte Consulting-Cleveland State University team that wrote "Manufacturing Pennsylvania's Future" in 2004. "Ohio's Competitive Advantage: Manufacturing Productivity" was released in 2001. The Brookings Institution recently released "Slanted Pavement: How Ohio's Highway Spending Short Changes Cities and Suburbs," a study on the impacts of Ohio's gasoline tax.

In the fall of 1999, Ohio Gov. Bob Taft appointed Hill to the state's Urban Revitalization Task Force. He was awarded Cleveland State University's Distinguished Faculty Award for Research in 1998 and merit award for research in 2002.

Hill earned a Ph.D. in both economics and urban and regional planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981.

For more information, contact Dr. Bassam Harik, chair of the Department of Economics, at bassam.harik@wmich.edu or (269) 387-4356.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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