The Dayton, Ohio Development Coalition was recently tapped to lead a $10 million effort over two years designed to promote aviation staffing in the state, according to the Dayton Daily News.
State officials said recently that the coalition has been commissioned to develop a statewide industry for unmanned aerial vehicles and take other steps to make Ohio more attractive for aerospace and defense companies.
"We've been doing it for years," Jeff Hoagland, president and chief executive officer of the coalition, which is comprised of local companies and governments, told the news source. "We've been successful."
The program is designed to better position Ohio when competing with states such as California, Florida, Texas, New Mexico and other regions with Air Force Bases and research centers, according to the Daily News.
The aerospace and defense industry has been buoyed in Ohio recently by engine and service orders for parts manufactured at factories in Dayton. The Dayton Business Journal reports manifolds, tubes and ducts are produced at such factories, where thousands of individuals are currently employed.