SOURCE: Ohio Business Development Coalition

April 12, 2007 11:16 ET

State of Ohio Is Focus for Federal Investment in Aerospace Industry

State's Resources Have National Impact in Aerospace Research and Development

COLUMBUS, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 12, 2007 -- Ohio is a main focus for federal investments in research and advancements in the aerospace industry, according to the Ohio Business Development Coalition (OBDC). The OBDC is the nonprofit organization that markets the state for capital investment and supports Ohio's economic development efforts.

Ohio's two major federal laboratories, the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the NASA Glenn Research Center, are just some of the state's many federally funded assets that support growth and investment in the aerospace industry. The state's leading-edge business climate is supplemented by easy access to cultural and recreational activities, providing employees exceptional quality of life without compromise.

"No state can match Ohio's leadership role in aerospace propulsion and power," said Dr. Mike Heil, president of the Ohio Aerospace Institute. "By taking advantage of our state's many assets, the government, along with industry leaders, is helping to make Ohio an even stronger leader in aerospace."

The Air Force Research Laboratory ( at Dayton's Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is responsible for the Air Force's annual science and technology budget of nearly $2 billion as well as an additional $1.7 billion from AFRL customers. The AFRL's technological breakthroughs can be found in all of today's modern aircraft, spacecraft and weapon systems.

Located on the shore of Lake Erie, NASA's Glenn Research Center ( fuels the economy while developing cutting-edge technology that advances aviation and space exploration. Partnered with a diverse group of government, industry, and academia, the center's goal is to increase national wealth, safety and security; protect the environment; and explore the universe.

The estimated $2.2 billion facility also was recently chosen as the environmental testing site for the Orion crew exploration vehicle, the spacecraft that will replace NASA's shuttle orbiters.

In addition to its two major federal labs, Ohio is also home to more than 450 aerospace propulsion and power suppliers and manufacturers; sophisticated intermediary organizations; and seven strong research and education programs at the state's many colleges and universities.

Industry innovation is also driven by Ohio's Third Frontier Project, a $1.6 billion initiative to help catalyze connections between companies, entrepreneurs and academia, which often results in advanced solutions that can be implemented into business strategy and commercial applications.

"Ohio's strength in developing new technologies for aerospace propulsion and power is made possible by its world-class logistics infrastructure and a large, skilled labor pool," said Ed Burghard, executive director of the Ohio Business Development Coalition. "The state also provides access to wonderful low-cost communities and offers a wide variety of recreational and education opportunities that make personal life enjoyable. It truly is a state of perfect balance."

About the Ohio Business Development Coalition

The Ohio Business Development Coalition is a nonprofit organization that provides marketing strategy and implementation to support Ohio's economic development efforts. For more information, visit

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