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ZANESVILLE -- Dr. Paul Brown, president of Zane

Published: February 19, 2011 11:01 PM

ZANESVILLE -- Dr. Paul Brown, president of Zane State College, shared the college's vision for creating a high-tech corridor in southeastern Ohio at a recent Eastern Ohio Development Alliance's board of directors meeting.With $4 million from the College's Building a Vibrant Community initiative already designated for building an Advanced Science and Technology Center in Zanesville and to expand the college's Cambridge training center into a full-service campus, Dr. Brown -- who also serves on the Zanesville Muskingum County Port Authority -- said southeast Ohio is on track to become the economic success story that Raleigh-Durham has become over the last several decades. That area experienced an economic boom when businesses became attracted to the region thanks to an abundance of educational institutions, skilled workers and high-tech research facilities."We already have many of the ingredients needed to make this area a high-tech corridor," said Dr. Brown. "Two-thirds of our nation's manufacturers and service providers are located within a single day's drive of our region. We have several high-quality educational institutions, an enviable highway system, and access to worker training programs. The high-tech Advanced Science and Technology Center and expanded Cambridge campus will strategically position us to generate the number of skilled workers needed to make us attractive to new businesses."A recent step forward in realizing the vision of a thriving high-tech corridor in the region is the announcement of the Turning Point Solar Array project. Zane State College -- which has introduced new alternative energy programs to its curriculum -- is a strategic partner in the project. Turning Point will result in one of the largest solar fields in the United States, creating reasonably priced renewable energy for Ohioans and new jobs for area residents. In addition to building a skilled workforce utilizing the technical capabilities housed in the new buildings, the Building a Vibrant Community initiative will also empower citizens through additional scholarships and through state-of-the art teaching tools. Meeting the initiative's goals will help Zane Sate College prepare students for well-paying careers and help the region's industries stay competitive."Zane State College has already formed invaluable partnerships throughout the region," said Dr. Brown. "Together, we are laying the groundwork to ensure the region will be attractive to businesses exploring the possibility of locating in the area and help expand existing businesses."

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