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About Ziona Austrian

Ziona Austrian was the Director of the Center for Economic Development and a College Fellow at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs of Cleveland State University. She is responsible for overall vision, direction, planning, administration, and budgetary functions of the Center for Economic Development. Dr. Austrian has over 25 years of experience in applied research, project management, and technical assistance. She works with policy makers, civic leaders, and funders at the local, regional, state, and federal levels on research and policy issues focusing on urban and regional economies, industrial clusters, high-tech economy, regional indicators, economic impact, economic development strategy and policy, and evaluation of economic development initiatives. She also manages a statewide network of urban and rural universities that are collaborating to maintain and use for research and analysis the Ohio Economic Development Information (QCEW) Database.
Dr. Austrian has been teaching a graduate-level course on economic development: plans and strategies, which includes economic impact modeling. Dr. Austrian has published several articles in refereed journals as well as book chapters. She is the author of numerous reports and working papers. Before joining Cleveland State University, Dr. Austrian worked at Case Western Reserve University and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. She holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Case Western Reserve University and a B.A. in Economics from Tel Aviv University.
Areas of Expertise:
Best Practices and Benchmarking Studies
Data Usage and Analysis
Economic Development
Economic Development Strategy
Economic Impact Analysis
Evaluation of Economic Development Initiatives
Industry Analysis
Industry clusters
Industrial restructuring
Occupational Analysis
Program Evaluations Assessments & Development
Regional Economic Analysis
Technology-Based Economic Development


Present Director, Center for Economic Development, Urban Research & Public Service Center, Cleveland State University

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Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs


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