The Ohio Urban University Program

Ohio’s urban universities, working together through the Ohio Urban University Program (UUP), are an important public policy and economic development resource for the State. The research products of the UUP have addressed nearly every major economic development initiative of the State including Business Tax Reform, Tax Code Restructuring, Program Development and Evaluation, Economic Development Strategy, and Land Reuse and Redevelopment.

Created by the Ohio General Assembly and the Board of Regents in 1979, the UUP is the oldest statewide inter-university program in the United States. Led by Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, the eight university research centers of the UUP have developed a base of knowledge and expertise in economic development, public policy, public management, and fiscal policy that is recognized and valued nationally, as well as statewide. For every state dollar invested in the UUP, the universities have leveraged $2.25 and supported two federally funded research centers.

Recent UUP Forums in Columbus
UUP Campaign

In the proposed Ohio budget for 2009-2010, the UUP is in grave danger of losing funding to support the research and activities that contribute toward the improvement of our urban areas and Ohio's economy. Show your support for UUP!


Crain's Cleveland Business: Budget cuts could impair research at Cleveland State's Levin College, July 1, 2009.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer published "A life preserver for the Ohio Urban University Program" on April 5, 2009

The Akron Beacon Journal published the editorial, "Voice for Cities" in support of the UUP on March 12, 2009.

Read the The Plain Dealer editorial, "Save a Cleveland State University program that is trying to save the state" (March 4, 2009).

See "Cleveland State University tries to head off budget cuts." In The Plain Dealer (February 27, 2009)

UUP Research Directors
Larry Ledebur, Ph.D.
Chair, NEORC
The Urban Center
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, UR 305
Cleveland, OH 44115
Ph: 216-687-4551
Fax: 216-687-2013
Jack Dustin, Ph.D.
Center for Urban and Public Affairs
Wright State University
223 Millett Hall, Main Campus
3640 Colonel Glenn Highway
Dayton, OH 45435-0001
Ph: 937-775-2285
Fax: 937-775-2422
Karl C. Kaltenthaler, Ph.D.
Center for Policy Studies
University of Akron
The Polsky Building Fifth Floor
Akron, OH 44325-1915
Ph: 330-972-6141
Fax: 330-972-8675
Lawrence Brown, Ph.D.
Interim Director
Center for Urban and Regional Analysis
The Ohio State University
1036 Derby Hall
154 N Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210-1361
Ph: 614-292-2320
Fax: 614-292-6213
John Hoornbeek, Ph.D.
Center for Public Administration & Public Policy
Kent State University
128 Bowman Hall
Kent, OH 44242-0001
Ph1: 330-672-8028
Ph2: 330-672-7148
Fax: 330-672-4057
Neil Reid, Ph.D.
Urban Affairs Center
The University of Toledo
Mail Stop #404
Toledo, OH 43606
Ph: 419-530-3593
Fax: 419-530-3548
Ronald Chordas, Ph.D.
Associate Provost, Executive Director of the
Public Service Institute
Center for Urban and Regional Studies
Youngstown State University
One University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555
Ph: 330-941-3113
Fax: 330-941-1527
Larry Johnson, Ph.D.
College of Education, Criminal Justice, & Human Services
University of Cincinnati
POB 210002
Teachers/Dyer Hall
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0002
Ph: 513-556-2321
Fax: 513-556-2483
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    Mailing Address
    Urban University Program
    Ned Hill, Chair
    Cleveland State University
    2121 Euclid Avenue, UR 335
    Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
    Phone: 216.687.2174
    Campus Location
    Urban Building, Room 335
    1717 Euclid Avenue
    Contact Person
    Kevin O'Brien, UUP Director
    Phone: 216.687.2188

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