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Listening tours in Ohio communities

What are your community’s greatest STEM needs and aspirations?

What positions do you predict will be in high demand and difficult to fill in the next 5 years? 10 years?

TIES, Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM, works with cities, regions and states to create STEM Ecosystems that unlock the full potential of regional partnerships to expand STEM.

TIES serves as the backbone organization for the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, a global initiative made up of 100 Ecosystems operating across the world. TIES, an educational consulting firm based in Cleveland, is also the co-founder of the initiative, which was launched in 2015.

How does your district/institution connect with PK-12, higher ed, business and industry, employers, and other community organizations to support STEM opportunities for students, both in and out of school?

These are among the dozens of questions posed to community leaders during a series of listening tours planned for 2023 throughout the state. Listening tours were intentionally held in a variety of public and accessible locations including libraries, civic centers, art centers, cultural centers, universities and more.

The listening tours are intended to surface baseline information about a community’s STEM needs and aspirations.

We are listening – Interested? Let us hear from you!

Schedule of Ohio’s Listening Tours 

Community Date and time of Listening Tour Location of Listening Tour 
Guernsey  Oct 26, 2022 8:00-12:00 Pritchard Civic Center

7033 Glenn Hwy, Cambridge, OH 43725

Mahoning Valley March 15, 1:30 – 3:30 Community Literacy Workforce and Cultural Center

436 Struthers Coitsville Rd

Lowellville, OH

Wayne  March 22, 9:00-11:00 STEAM Playlab

258 N. Kurzen Road

Dalton, Ohio 44618

Ashtabula  April 3, 9:00-11:00 Ashtabula Arts Center

2928 W 13th St.

Ashtabula, OH 44004

Defiance  May 9, 1:30-3:30 Ohio State University Extension Defiance County

06879 Evansport Road, Suite B, Defiance, OH 43512

Shelby May 16, 9:30-11:30 Amos Memorial Public Library  

203 E. North Street  Sidney, OH 45365  

Ross County May 25, 2023 Northside Branch Library 

550 Buckeye St, Chillicothe, OH 45601

Central Ohio Regional STEM Convening

Invite only, limited capacity

June 1, 2023 PAST Foundation

1003 Kinnear Road

Columbus, OH 43212

Northwest Ohio Regional STEM Convening

Invite only, limited capacity

June 13, 2023  University of Findlay STEAM Education Center

1000 N Main St, Findlay, OH 45840

Southwest OH & Dayton Regional STEM Convening

Invite only, limited capacity

June 15, 2023 Butler Tech

3603 Hamilton Middletown Rd, Fairfield Township, OH 45011

Northeast Ohio & Akron Regional STEM Convening

Invite only, limited capacity

June 26, 2023, 

9:00 -12:00

Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center 

3675 Oak Hill Rd, Peninsula, OH 44264

Southeast Regional STEM Convening

Invite only, limited capacity

October 16, 2023,


Collins Career Technical Center

11627 State Route 243 Chesapeake OH 45619

Many attendees shared similar ideas for what they believe needs to happen in their communities to improve STEM learning opportunities for all.

Additionally, attendees shared:

  • The desire to promote collaboration among STEM providers.
  • Providing students with skills and pathways to land meaningful jobs that will allow them to stay in their hometowns.
  • Creating hope for students and families. 
  • The desire to continue networking with others from their region and across the state to strengthen work.
  • A stronger understanding for how to locate funding to support STEM work from various sources, including governmental organizations as well as philanthropies.
  • A deeper knowledge of various resources to support and strengthen their work. 
  • A hope to be able to spark students’ engagement with STEM careers in an effort to fuel Ohio’s economy. 


Attendees include representatives from K-12, higher education, business and industry, foundations, out-of- school time providers, STEM-rich institutions, state and local government, including the Ohio Department of Education.

For more information about any of the listening tours, please reach out to Christa Krohn –