In addition to state Issue 2, the amendment to change the location of a Columbus casino, Ohio voters also will decide on state Issue 1, which involves Ohio's Third Frontier program.

In addition to state Issue 2, the amendment to change the location of a Columbus casino, Ohio voters also will decide on state Issue 1, which involves Ohio's Third Frontier program.

Created in 2002 within the Ohio Department of Development, Third Frontier aims to expand Ohio's high-tech research capabilities that are designed to accelerate the pace of commercialization within the state, according to Third Frontier's website.

Some programs supported by the Ohio Third Frontier include research and development of advanced energy programs, biomedical and fuel-cell research, the Ohio Research Commercialization grant program, entrepreneurial programs and others.

The proposed state constitutional amendment would authorize the state to issue up to $700-million in bonds for the initiative over a four-year period. The bonds would provide financial assistance and support for Third Frontier's research, product innovation and such industries as manufacturing, agribusiness and alternative energy.

Lin Rice