Besides the VOA campus, the university’s main Oxford campus is joined by regional campuses in Hamilton and Middletown.
“We are very excited about this and this effort could not be done without partnership. All of our campuses working together toward a common vision and this (event) signals that today,” Crawford told the participants.
“We couldn’t be more happy to see all this convergence. It brings together partnerships with small businesses and it’s very important for the Ohio economy … through our expertise of our faculty or the talents of our graduates.”
Among the seminars offered Friday to participating business leaders were discussions focusing on the hiring of former military personnel and those with disabilities, hiring qualified former felons and improving employee recruitment.
Ohio Congressman Warren Davidson (R-Troy) was one of leading forces in creating the new Commerce Innovation Hub at the VOA campus and he said “this campus and this investment by Miami University … is out engaging in campuses all across the area.”
Ohio Senator Bill Coley (R-Liberty Twp.) said Miami’s strategy of partnering “employers around the region and they help them develop their talent and their pool of talent.”
“This is the next chapter in Miami’s regional campus work,” said Coley.
The latest expansion of academic and private industry partnerships will impact the economy throughout Butler County, said Cathy Bishop-Clark, associate provost and dean of Miami’s regional campuses.
And next week, said Bishop-Clark, the Miami University Middletown campus will open a new Career Services Suite.