Jack Ford Urban Affairs Center

The Jack Ford Urban Affairs Center is an applied research unit of The University of Toledo with the mission to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life of Toledo and its metropolitan region. By identifying challenges and facilitating solutions in the areas of neighborhood, urban, and regional development.


Benefit Cost Analysis


Economic Impact Analysis


Community Benefits Plan



Program Evaluation


Spatial and Data Analysis


Census and Demographic Analysis


  • Applied research and communication of findings to inform public policy and program development
  • Community and economic development planning and strategy development
  • Data collection, management, analysis, and presentation
  • Organizational development and technical assistance
  • Promotion of civic dialogue and community engagement


Dr. Sujata Shetty

Sujata Shetty, Ph.D.


Snyder Memorial 3030




Snyder Memorial

Snyder Memorial 


Jack Ford

The Urban Affairs Center was formally established by the University of Toledo Board of Trustees in October 1980. The center's purpose is to utilize the resources of the university in contributing to the solution of community problems. 

After the passing of Jack Ford in 2015, the center was renamed on his behalf to the Jack Ford Urban Affairs Center.  Jack was a double alumni having earned his master's degree in public administration and his law degree from The University of Toledo. He taught at UToledo for 22 years.  He served in the Ohio House of Representatives for seven years and as the Mayor of Toledo for four years. 



Ohio Data Centers

Center for Regional Development
Bowling Green State University

Northern Ohio Data and Information Service
Cleveland State University

Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative
Kent State University

Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs
Miami University

Center for Urban and Regional Analysis
The Ohio State University

Niehoff Urban Studio
University of Cincinnati

Applied Policy Research Institute
Wright State University


Last Updated: 11/14/23