Hub of Innovation and Opportunity Dayton's Aerospace Hub will serve as an economic development driver for the City of Dayton, Montgomery County, and the State of Ohio, while strengthening and promoting the aerospace industry across the world. The Aerospace Hub will leverage the Dayton Region’s important aerospace asset, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (WPAFB), to attract and grow the aerospace industry within the City of Dayton.
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Institutional Anchors There are two identified anchors for the project. At the South end of the Hub is the University of Dayton (UD). In addition to its aerospace-related academic research and programs, UD also brings with it the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), a leader in materials research and collaborator with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL).
The North end of the Hub is anchored by Tech Town. Tech Town serves as a setting where business, academia and government work together strategically to take technologies developed at WPAFB and other regional R&D facilities, and applying them to commercial uses.
The Hub geography includes also cultural and residential areas, including those in Downtown Dayton, making the space attractive for both businesses to locate within the Hub and for researchers and technology developers to live and work. The Hub website earned global recognition in late 2012.
Economic Partnerships The Ohio Department of Development designated Dayton as Ohio's Aerospace Hub in September of 2009. Since then the state has issued three grants to Hub partners to develop the Hub and associated infrastructure. The Hub partners are: the University of Dayton, the City of Dayton, CityWide Development Corp., Dayton Development Coalition and Montgomery County.
Aerospace Leadership Dayton's Aerospace Hub of Innovation and Opportunity will operate under the leadership of aerospace veteran Kerry Taylor. Taylor is responsible for managing development of the Hub, which is designed to grow jobs in Dayton by capitalizing on the region's rich array of aerospace and technology resources, including advanced materials and sensor technologies.
Taylor joins the Hub following a 25-year career in U.S. Air Force intelligence and related activities. Additional experience includes work as U.S. House Select Committee on Intelligence staff and as director of business development for SRA International.
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