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10 Jun 2013

Québec-Ohio economic partnership: A hub of innovation

Tim Ryan, U.S. Representative (Democrat) for Ohio’s 13th Congressional District and Co-Chair of the House Manufacturing Caucus, with Québec’s Delegate in Chicago, Éric Marquis.

On June 3 and 4, Youngstown State University hosted the Sustainable Energy Forum. Over a hundred people from the worlds of business and energy research in Ohio and Pennsylvania took part in the event, at which Québec’s Delegate General in Chicago, Éric Marquis, was a featured speaker.

The Sustainable Energy Forum drew speakers from the private and research sectors and representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy, government agencies such as NASA and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the State of Ohio.

They included Tim Ryan, U.S. Representative (Democrat) for Ohio’s 13th Congressional District and Co-Chair of the House Manufacturing Caucus, with whom Éric Marquis had a chance to discuss the following issues:

  • revitalizing the manufacturing sector
  • the Québec-Ohio partnership in aerospace
  • development of binational value chains (i.e., all products, both goods and services, and producers interested in supplying a given market)

Éric Marquis’s speech was called “Energy and the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence Economic Region: A Québec Perspective on a Sustainable Partnership.” He stressed the value of relations between Québec and Ohio in the areas of aerospace and new materials.

He also discussed the importance of favouring concerted, multilateral efforts in the areas of the environment, trade and energy, within the Great Lakes–St. Lawrence economic space.

In closing, he described Québec’s energy and climate-change achievements as a driving force for innovation and sustainable development.

A major market

Ohio is Québec’s leading trade partner in the U.S. Midwest. Indeed, Québec exports to the state have grown by 33% since 2009 and are higher than those to any European country.

The Youngstown area (Cleveland-Pittsburgh corridor) has become a focal point for the renaissance of the U.S. manufacturing industry, since the creation in 2012 by President Obama of a network of 15 manufacturing innovation institutes. The pilot project for the network, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute (NAMII), was established in Youngstown in August 2012.

Thanks to developments like this, Québec sees Ohio as an increasingly attractive partner for building applied-research value chains.

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