Technology & Biomedical
Athens County has a strong start in the development of jobs tied to the tech sector and it’s technology commercialization activity is mature. Technology based Economic Development initiatives are attractive because they create high wage “multiplier” jobs with companies in the growth mode for the Information Age economy. The ACEDC intends build on our already successful small business and technology based economic development programs by developing small businesses and attracting technology jobs through the establishment of an Athens Community Fund and development of a technology accelerator. Read more about the Athens Community Fund in our Strategic Plan.
Tech Commercialization Framework
Athens also benefits from an advanced university technology commercialization process at Ohio University. Ohio University has operated a Technology Transfer Office since 1991 that is part of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity division at Ohio University. The Technology Transfer Office is part of the university’s entrepreneurial ecosystem that works closely with the Innovation Center business incubator, the Edison Biotechnology Institute, the Center for Entrepreneurship, and TechGROWTH Ohio, which provides funding and entrepreneurial support for tech, IT, biomedical, etc. companies in Southeast Ohio.