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Ohio Valley ReSource reporter Nicole Erwin recently did a story titled “Nuclear Option: Officials Hope Old Facility Can Fuel Growth” about how officials in Kentucky are looking to the future of their site in the Paducah/Portsmouth Project for economic development. In this episode of #457SEO, the WOUB News team tried to find out what was going on at the Portsmouth site.

Joel Bradburne with Department of Energy at the Portsmouth site talks about the history of the old Gaseous Diffusion Plant and where the deactivation process is now.

Stephanie Howe with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University joins the podcast to talk about the PORTSfuture project. Grant money from the DOE is helping the four-county community around the Portsmouth site shape its future. They hope it can be a driver for economic development in the area.


More about the history of the Portsmouth site can be found at

Internet of Things Jackson High School

Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. American Electric Power (AEP) Foundation and U.S. Department of Energy Office of Environmental Management (DOE EM) Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office-PORTSfuture Program


STEM Initiative-Meeting Renewable Energy Challenges with the Internet of Things

The Voinovich School is utilizing funding from the AEP Foundation and from the US DOE PORTSfuture grant to launch an Internet of Things (IoT) STEM education pilot project in southern Ohio. This project will better prepare high school students and educators for this emerging field, will leverage the unique opportunities available in Appalachian counties, and ignite a new generation of social innovators.

This rapid integration of the physical and digital world is fundamentally changing our lives and businesses, from people to devices, to data and processes and will create new opportunities for entrepreneurs and job seekers. The THINGS around us (e.g., renewable energy sources, home appliances, industrial equipment, smart energy monitoring devices, medical devices, and entertainment devices) are becoming interconnected, enabling them to exchange information and allowing us to monitor and control them remotely. The major objectives for the IoT are the creation of “smart” environments/spaces and self-aware things for climate, food, energy, house, mobility, digital society and health applications. In fact, this year alone there will be nearly 5 billion connected things, according to Gartner, with the number expected to increase to 25 billion things by the end of this decade.

i.Internet of Things Primer for 2016. Gartner, Inc.

Handout loT Voinovich School AEP Fdn. and US DOE (00000002)

Lesson #1 - Learning Objectives.docx

Lesson #2 - Learning Objectives.docx

Lesson #3 - Learning Objectives.docx

Lesson #4 - Learning Objectives.docx

Internet of Things.ppt

Lesson 2 LED Sound.pdf

Lesson 3 Solar Tracking.pdf

Lesson 4 Smart Weather lamp.pdf

Jackson High School IoT STEM Project (youtube video)

2018 Business Pitch Competition

PORTSfuture and TechGROWTH Ohio Business Pitch Competition

Student teams from OU-Chillicothe and Shawnee State University will prepare for and compete in a inter-institutional “enterprise concept pitch” event with a finale in April 2018.  Concept pitches will focus on enterprise and economic opportunities at the US Department of Energy former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant (known as PORTS; currently being decommissioned).  Pitches can include a wide variety of opportunities in energy production, supply chain development, and potential services surrounding the PORTS enterprise hub.  Team members need no specific background.  All disciplines are welcome.  Participating teams receive in-class professional enterprise development instruction, a guided tour of the plant by Department of Energy staff, and Skyped pitch prep coaching.  Pitch competition judges will include economic development/business development professionals and representatives from PORTS site contractors. The event is modeled on a similar successful competition completed in 2014 and funded by the US Department of Energy and the State of Ohio.

Pitch competition results: Both participating institutions pledged $300 to the winners, for a total prize pool of $600.  Based on the judges’ results, the following teams emerged as the winners of the competition:

$300      First place team PORTS Plastics from OU-C

$150      Second place tied team Buckeye Solar from OU-C

$150      Second place tied team Atomic Paintball & Nerf from Shawnee

2018 PORTS Pitch PP and Materials.pdf