JobsOhio Announces Launch of AccelerateOhio
April 27, 2022
  • Share
  • JobsOhio, the state’s private nonprofit economic development corporation, announced the launch of AccelerateOhio, a new campaign focused on attracting companies and organizations involved in scaling advanced mobility solutions in Ohio. 

    Leveraging Ohio’s unique position as a leader in both air and ground mobility, AccelerateOhio is a collaborative effort between the state of Ohio, JobsOhio, and 15 public and private organizations to create an ecosystem of innovation for the advanced mobility sector – including automotive, aviation, aerospace, and military industries. 

    Coupled with Ohio’s $104.6 billion manufacturing industry – the third largest in the nation – and more than 80 colleges and universities equipping an average of 13,000 engineering professionals every year, AccelerateOhio offers stakeholders access to an impressive and growing advanced manufacturing workforce across the state. 

    “AccelerateOhio gives us a great opportunity to use technology to improve quality of life and grow an innovative economy that will fuel the jobs of the future,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted, director of InnovateOhio. “JobsOhio’s mission to build upon our state’s already robust manufacturing and aviation industries through this project will position us for future growth and collaboration in the advanced mobility sector.” 

    Ohio possesses an unparalleled ecosystem for developing advanced mobility solutions on the ground and in the air. Located in East Liberty, Ohio, the Transportation Research Center, Inc., (TRC) is North America’s most advanced, independent mobility testing and research complex, and the TRC’s SMARTCenter is the most advanced testing site for automated and connected vehicles (AV/CV) in North America. Also, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) only Vehicle Research and Test Center (VRTC) is in Ohio on the campus of the TRC. 

    “The strength of Ohio shows when public, private and corporate partners work together toward a common goal,” said J.P. Nauseef, JobsOhio president and CEO. “AccelerateOhio is a great example of how collaboration drives innovation, and JobsOhio is proud to be part of a group positioning the state as a global leader in advancing the next generation of mobility.” 

    Soon, Ohio will be home to the National Advanced Air Mobility Center of Excellence (NAAMCE) at Springfield Beckley Airport, where companies can conduct BVLOS autonomous flight testing in the National Airspace System. In November, the 2021 Ohio Advanced Air Mobility Showcase brought Ohio’s next-generation aviation assets together under the FlyOhio banner to NAAMCE. Led by the Ohio Department of Transportation’s DriveOhio initiative, FlyOhio partners include industry leaders in advanced air mobility, the United States Air Force, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), JobsOhio, the Ohio Federal Research Network, the Dayton Development Coalition, the City of Springfield, and corporate partners from across Ohio. Two historic flights punctuated the day. Kitty Hawk flew its crewless, winged aircraft, the Heaviside 2 Beyond Line of Sight (BVLOS), and Lift’s flight featured its human-crewed, wingless Hexa aircraft. 

    Other advanced mobility projects include: 

    Making up AccelerateOhio, partnering organizations joining JobsOhio include: 

    Through AccelerateOhio, JobsOhio and its partner organizations will bring together advanced mobility innovators, manufacturers, and research to guide, build, and nurture the emerging Advanced Mobility industry across the state.