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Office of Innovation and
Entrepreneurship (OIE)

Greater Hamilton Center For Business And Technology


Hamilton, OH

Project Name

Expanding the "City as a Lab" Approach to Regional Revitalization



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This EDA investment will allow the Hamilton Mill and University of Cincinnati to expand, execute, and market specific programs to enhance the ability of their incubator to support the regional economy, focused on startup manufacturing and smarter city initiatives throughout the Greater Hamilton Region in Southwestern Ohio. This region has been negatively affected by the decline in manufacturing jobs, and is working on applying its resident expertise in light manufacturing to emerging cleantech sectors. Their unique “City as a Lab” approach allows cleantech companies to use infrastructure located at the City of Hamilton utilities as a beta test to demonstrate market viability to funders and customers. In five years, Hamilton Mill estimates that the program will have supported 100 new startups, created or retained 1,500 jobs, and attracted $ 200 million of capital to the region.