Cincinnati knows when we've been outscored. When the Browns beat the Bengals, we feel the pain.

But what about when Columbus designates $1.3 million "” just about 10 percent of the Ohio Third Frontier awards statewide "” to Hamilton and Butler counties while Cuyahoga County alone takes home $4 million?

The Third Frontier funds programs are designed to accelerate the development of the biomedical, medical imaging and sensors industries in Ohio. The programs provide direct financial support to organizations commercializing new products, adapting devices and advancing technology. The goal is to address technical and commercial barriers and get products ready for the market.

Yes, we are excited about the $1 million awarded to AtriCure, Inc., a West Chester medical device company. It's great news for the region and AtriCure.

AtriCure's project, in collaboration with Good Samaritan Hospital, the University of Cincinnati, Battelle and The Ohio State University Medical Center, is designed to adapt a clip used in open heart procedures so it can be used in minimally invasive procedures.

AtriCure, which reported 12 percent growth in the first quarter of 2011 with revenue of $15.6 million, is part of Butler County's "Healthcare Highway," a growing number of medical-related businesses and hospitals taking advantage of the location smack dab between Cincinnati and Dayton.

The region also has reason to celebrate the $321,000 award to the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber for the fiscal year 2012 Third Frontier Internship Program.

The internships will help the region keep and encourage talented and knowledgeable students, while providing quality workers to companies. Companies are partially compensated for wages paid during the internships and "the best and the brightest" get a resumé boost.

The program targets advanced energy, biomedical, instruments, advanced propulsion, electronics and information technology. It will be administered by the regional Chamber.

Good news. But how many of our elected officials really understand the economic development game? Which elected official will stand up and say our region only deserves 10 percent?

We might first need to have representation that know this is a competition, let alone knows the score.