You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Region poised to benefit from UAVs

Dayton economic leader tells Springfield group about potential jobs.


The region is well-positioned to attract thousands of jobs as it strives to become one of a handful of sites used to test and build remotely piloted aircraft over the coming months, said Jeff Hoagland, president of the Dayton Development Coalition.

Hoagland, speaking to members of the Springfield Rotary Club on Monday, said attaining that status would be a huge benefit for the region and could provide thousands of jobs throughout sites in the Miami Valley.

The Ohio/Indiana UAS Center and Test Complex is located in leased office space in the Nextedge Applied Research and Technology Park in Springfield. The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to select six sites nationwide where the unmanned aircraft will be tested to determine whether they can be flown safely while protecting the privacy of area residents.

“We look at this being a 15,000 job type of opportunity here and in Indiana,” Hoagland said.

In Clark County, companies like Avetec will help make the region more attractive to the FAA, Hoagland said. Avetec is a non-profit research facility that focuses on modeling and simulation in the aviation industry. Other sites, such as the Air Force Research Labs in Dayton, also make the region more marketable, Hoagland said.

States such as Oklahoma, Florida and North Dakota are also competing for the FAA designation, but Hoagland said Ohio is likely among the top competitors.

“If it’s based on merit, I think Ohio is a slam dunk,” Hoagland said.

The FAA is expected to make its decision by the end of the year, but with the recent federal government shutdown, it’s possible that decision could be delayed, he said.

Along with the research and testing that can be conducted locally, the area’s manufacturing base is well-positioned to supply advanced materials needed for the aircraft.

“The infrastructure is in place to allow this to take place very easily,” Hoagland said.

Overall, Hoagland said the state’s effort to regionalize economic development has helped state and local officials respond more quickly to area businesses. He also said regions are working more closely together so that if a project won’t work in one region of Ohio, it can still be pushed toward another part of the state to keep the jobs in Ohio.

The Dayton Development Coalition provides economic development support for 14 counties, including Clark and Champaign counties. Among other industries, Hoagland said the DDC has placed a special emphasis on attracting aerospace, advanced manufacturing, biosciences and data management companies to the area.

The region was hit hard during the recent recession, Hoagland said, but it is also beginning to recover faster than some other areas of the state.

“What we’re seeing is we got hit earlier, we’re recovering earlier,” he said.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Community News

Fire official closes Hotel Dayton because of damage from heavy rains
Fire official closes Hotel Dayton because of damage from heavy rains

The Hotel Dayton has been closed for tonight because of water damage from the heavy rains that hit the area.  Battalion Chief Terry Overton, Harrison Twp., said roof contractors were working and did not anticipate the coming storms.  The heavy rains sent water through the roof, into the ceiling and onto wires in the building, so power to...
Baby revived with naloxone, mom facing charges
Baby revived with naloxone, mom facing charges

A Pittsburgh-area mother is facing charges after police said her 10-month-old ingested heroin and fentanyl. Laurel Hopta, 27, was charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. Police said when they and paramedics arrived at the Aleppo Township home, they saw Hopta standing outside fully dressed in warm clothing, clutching her baby, who...
Springfield church hosting death penalty discussion
Springfield church hosting death penalty discussion

A Springfield church is one of three stops in a statewide lecture series for a group seeking to stop executions. Ohioans to Stop Executions will present An Evening with Shane Claiborne: Voices of Experience on the Death Penalty at Central Christian Church, 1504 Villa Road beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, May 1. The event will examine the arguments for and...
Power outage reports fall to roughly 900 as rain, lightning continue in area
Power outage reports fall to roughly 900 as rain, lightning continue in area

Power outages are being reported throughout the region with tonight’s storms, which are bringing thunder and lightning. As of 9:10 p.m., Dayton Power & Light is reporting the following:   720 in Montgomery     87 in Clinton      37 in Clark      22 in Darke      21 in Champaign ...
Man, woman arrested after hours-long SWAT standoff
Man, woman arrested after hours-long SWAT standoff

Deputies took a man and a woman into custody after an hours-long SWAT standoff in Lancaster County, South Carolina, earlier this week. Investigators said they were called around 11:20 p.m. Monday to a townhome on Sandal Brook Road in Indian Land after a man said he was robbed at gunpoint. When deputies arrived, they found the victim outside. He told...
More Stories