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Funds Released To Support Dayton-Area Defense Industry

This week the State of Ohio Controlling Board announced the release of $10 million in funds for economic development surrounding Department of Defense facilities. Much of that money is headed to the Miami Valley to help improve human performance and strengthen the region's potential for economic growth related to military activity.

In the study of human performance, researchers look at how military employees use the latest technology to figure out what makes the employees work better or more efficiently.

"If they’re able to improve the human component of the equation, that’s gonna generate lots of cost savings for the air force in the long run," said Stephanie Gottschlichs with Wright State University.

About $3 million are going to Wright State’s Human Performance Consortium, which is a partnership with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and private industry. The remaining $7 million will be funneled through the Dayton Development Coalition to projects that support the presence of the defense industry in the Miami Valley.

The Dayton Development Coalition is heading an effort to prepare for ongoing military budget cuts and any future decisions about where the U.S. Air Force will focus its missions. The coalition and its partners aim to make the Miami Valley a nationally-known center for defense-related research and production.