Ohio State President Urges $2 Billion Technology Investment

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Ohio State President Urges $2 Billion Technology Investment


COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The president of Ohio State University urged the state last month to invest $1 billion to $2 billion in technology over the next five years or risk falling behind in the information-age economy.

The state's share of that investment should be at least $100 million a year on top of current technology funding, Dr. William Kirwan told Columbus business, education and political leaders. The rest would come from private industry and federal grants.

"The experience around the country is that gradualism and half-measures won't work," Kirwan says. "Anything less than a major effort ensures that we will forever be behind the curve, struggling to catch up."

Kirwan cites statistics that show Ohio's personal income ranking has declined from sixth in the nation in 1960 to 22nd today.

Meanwhile, the state ranks 28th in Internet use, 29th in the number of high-growth companies and 32nd in the creation of high-tech jobs, he says.

The increased funding would hire top science and technology professors, build research facilities, increase venture capital funding and provide infrastructure for the computer age, Kirwan says. It also would help keep Ohio's best students in the state for their college educations and careers.

Gov. Bob Taft favors investment in technology, but questions where the state would find the money that Kirwan wants, according to Taft spokeswoman Mary Anne Sharkey. …

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