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The Geoeconomics and Strategy Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace could not have produced this report without the contributions of many individuals. In particular, it wishes to thank:

  • The members of the Carnegie task force for providing strategic direction to the entire exercise and shaping the preliminary findings.
  • Trevor Brown at The Ohio State University’s (OSU) John Glenn College of Public Affairs for solidifying the partnership with Carnegie, bringing together OSU experts to collaborate on the research, and facilitating introductions with key Ohio stakeholders.
  • Fran Stewart for organizing and leading the interviews and focus groups and for drafting, reviewing, and revising substantial sections of the report.
  • Edward (Ned) Hill and William Shkurti for bringing to bear their expertise and insights on Ohio’s economy and policy challenges, for reviewing and revising multiple drafts of the report, and for contributing data analysis, particularly related to the loss of manufacturing jobs and the economic implications of steel tariffs.
  • Alli Divine, Allison Gelman, and Max Hamilton for conducting the literature review, gathering and analyzing data, and supporting all facets of the research.
  • Lori Merritt for editing the report, and Jocelyn Soly and David Grauel for designing its cover and graphics.
  • Rozlyn Engel for carefully reviewing and offering technical suggestions on all chapters from an economist’s perspective.

The program would also like to thank everyone in Ohio who agreed to be interviewed for the study (see Appendix A). The interviewees were generous with their time and insights, including key members of Governor John Kasich’s administration; the leadership at JobsOhio; and key leaders in regional economic development organizations in Cleveland, Columbus, Coshocton, Dayton, Lima, and Marion. Dave Claborn and Tiffany Swigert were instrumental in facilitating interviews in Marion and Coshocton, respectively, and contributing to the areas’ micro–case studies.

The program further extends its appreciation to others who made notable contributions. Zach Mears, former OSU assistant vice president, made critical connections for the Carnegie team with OSU at the start of the project. OSU Professor Ian Sheldon and Associate Vice President Ben Kanzeg offered helpful advice on key aspects of the research and approach.

Members of Ohio’s congressional delegation were not asked to endorse the report’s findings and bear no responsibility for its content. However, it was gracious of Senator Sherrod Brown and his staff, as well as staff at the offices of Senator Robert Portman and representatives Joyce Beatty (Ohio’s Third District), Marcia Fudge (Ohio’s Eleventh District), and Michael Turner (Ohio’s Tenth District) to make time to receive briefings on the intent of the study and offer suggestions on how to capture diverse viewpoints across the state.

Rakesh Kochhar at the Pew Research Center provided very helpful briefings to the task force on multiple occasions and shared relevant data on the middle class. Likewise, Hal Brands at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies briefed the task force on evolutions in U.S. grand strategy.

Finally, the program is grateful to Carnegie’s leadership and colleagues in the communications and development teams for extensively supporting this effort, from the formulation of the original research agenda through to the publication of the report.

Many people ultimately helped to inform and prepare this report. However, the report’s authors alone bear responsibility for its content. The program is grateful to all of them for the flexibility they demonstrated. The report was a group effort and as a result cannot represent every author’s views in all chapters. Some authors would have preferred different language and emphasis in a number of places.