Video Description

This video details the economic examination of proposed future uses of the PORTS site in Piketon, Ohio. Residents of Pike, Scioto, Ross, and Jackson counties were engaged in a variety of venues and asked to identify their future-use preferences for the PORTS site. The Voinovich School then looked at the economic viability of proposed solutions.

Project Description

Ohio University completed an economic analysis and visualization of future industrial applications possible for the PORTS site. This task collected publicly-available digital imagery and data on site conditions and combined that information with off-the-shelf computer animation technology to provide visualizations of community-derived end uses for the PORTS site. These visualizations presented a range of end-state alternatives allowing DOE to consider economically plausible recommendations for the final intended uses and marketing of the facility, its location, and natural and affiliated resources. Affiliated economic analyses provided visual and economic impact information for all decision makers. This task included presentation of the tasks findings to regulators and the public subsequent to briefings for DOE and factual accuracy review.

Principal Investigator Bios

Dr. Anirudh Ruhil
Anirudh V. S. Ruhil is the Associate Director of Research & Graduate Programs and an Associate Professor at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. Dr. Ruhil teaches quantitative research methods, policy analysis, and program evaluation for the Voinovich School’s Master of Public Administration(MPA/OEMPA) academic programs, and serves as a lead quantitative research methodologist/applied statistician for the School.

Dr. Roy Boyd-retired
Dr. Boyd is a retired professor in the Department of Economics. His major fields of study include: natural resources and the environment; public finance; international trade policy; and industrial organization and regulation. Boyd’s research involves constructing computable general equilibrium models and using them to explore the impacts of various environmental and resource problems in both developed and developing countries.