State Representative Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) announced today that the state has approved $180,000 to advance Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) services at the Kent State University Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Center.
“I am pleased to see this continued investment in our regional manufacturers,” said Rep. Clyde. “Providing resources that focus on our state’s strengths and help to advance our industrial economic opportunities means we are better positioned to compete in the global marketplace. The high return on investment for MEP services is truly a testament to the good work that Kent State does, as well as what can be achieved through federal and state cooperation.”
KSU's Manufacturing and Technology Small Business Development Center provides business consultation to small manufacturers and technology-based businesses throughout eighteen counties in Northeast Ohio. The Center specializes in efficient business practices, small business innovation research, alternative financing, technology transfer, organizational development, sales and marketing. Through the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the Center provides low-cost business and technical assistance to small- and medium-sized manufacturers.
Rep. Clyde also announced this afternoon that the state has approved Kent State’s release of $47,925 to re-roof two sections of the Business Administration Building. The Business Administration Building was built in 1971, and the existing roof was installed in 1986. Substantial repairs have been initiated over the past several years, and these repairs seek to remedy persistent water damage.
Rep. Clyde represents the 68th Ohio House District, serving Northern and Southeastern Portage County, including Aurora, Garrettsville, Hiram, Kent, Mantua, Ravenna, Streetsboro, and Windham.