Stark State College Awarded $2.8 Million Grant – Stark State College of Technology, located in North Canton, Ohio (Stark County), in collaboration with Rolls-Royce Fuel Cell Systems (US), was awarded a $2.8 million Wright Projects Program grant. The award was for expansion of Stark State’s fuel cell test capabilities in support of Rolls-Royce’s one megawatt solid oxide fuel cell development program for stationary power generation. The State of Ohio on May 27, 2009, announced that the Ohio Third Frontier Commission recommended nearly $24 million in funding through the Wright Projects Program in support of near-term commercialization projects requiring major capital acquisitions and improvements at Ohio colleges and universities and nonprofit research institutions. Eric Fingerhut, chair of the Ohio Third Frontier Commission, had this to say: “Ohio Third Frontier strengthens our state’s ability to exceed the demands of the new energy economy and continue to produce the cutting-edge applications that create the opportunity for sustainable and meaningful economic expansion.” The Stark State College investment is in support of the development of a fuel cell smart grid. The project will further strengthen fuel cell curriculum at Stark State and create employment opportunities for Stark State students. To read more about the Wright Program awards, click here. To learn more about Stark State’s fuel cell technology programs, click here.

NEOTEC Establishes Partnership with OCO Global – The Northeast Ohio Trade & Economic Consortium (NEOTEC) recently established a European partnership with OCO Global. NEOTEC is a 10-county economic development partnership (Stark County included) that administers Foreign Trade Zone #181 and the Northeast Ohio Logistics Network. NEOTEC also offers the services of the International Trade Assistance Center (ITAC), which assists area companies with export counseling. OCO Global is an international consultancy firm based in Belfast, Ireland, that has been contracted by NEOTEC to attract foreign direct investment to Northeast Ohio. Through OCO Global, NEOTEC will identify priority source markets and sectors in Europe, develop a database of prospects with U.S. expansion plans, organize one-on-one meetings with prospects at European trade shows, and identify qualified leads to secure investment in Northeast Ohio. Two representatives of OCO Global were in Northeast Ohio in June to better understand the benefits that our area has to offer. To read more about the NEOTEC partnership with OCO Global, click here.

Mercy Medical Center Unveils State-of-the-Art Intensive Care Unit – Mercy Medical Center unveiled its new 24-unit family-focused Mercy Intensive Care Unit (I.C.U.) during a dedication and blessing ceremony on June 12. The state-of-the-art facility will allow the hospital’s multidisciplinary medical team to provide advanced care for the critically ill and injured and their families in a spacious calming environment. The $20.5 million project includes expansion of the surgery center parking garage and relocation of the helipad to the roof of the new structure. Mercy’s team of I.C.U. physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals were involved in the design of the facility from its inception. Mercy also incorporated a diverse selection of artwork, from paintings and mosaics to photography and sculpture. To read more about the new I.C.U., click here.

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