DAYTON, OH - Today, Congressman Mike Turner (OH-10) joined local leaders at the 6th Annual Ohio Defense and Aerospace Forum to discuss the state of defense in Ohio, the critical role Ohio plays in our national security and the positive economic impact the Department of Defense (DoD) and Federal Installations around the state bring to the Dayton region.

“The 2021 JobsOhio report revealed that Southwest Ohio has seen significant economic growth as a result of the $7 billion the region received in defense-related investments. Wright-Patt and other Federal Installations around the state bring over 100,000 jobs to the Dayton region and these jobs increased despite the pandemic,” said Turner. “I remain committed to keeping Ohio a leader in the defense and aerospace industry and welcoming new investments to the Dayton region,” concluded Turner. 

“We know defense contracting obligations and military missions in the Dayton Region continue to grow, providing excellent career opportunities for our residents and acting as a catalyst for the creation of many successful local businesses. The impact makes up 17 percent of our economy, extending beyond defense contractors to businesses that support the installations, their employees, and their families,” Hoagland said. “These installations deserve our attention and support, and we will continue to advocate for them and work to ensure their success.” - Jeff Hoagland, Dayton Development Coalition President and CEO

Those in Ohio’s aerospace industry are constantly working on the future, and I am grateful for their unwavering commitment and passion,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “Ohio led this nation into the “Air Age” of the early 20th century, and with a new generation of Ohioans, Ohio will lead this nation into the “Aerospace Age” of the 21st century as well.” -Gov. Mike DeWine

Background: In 2016, Congressman Turner and the Dayton Development Coalition created the Ohio Defense Forum in a cohesive effort to advance the defense industry in Ohio and provide a platform for defense leaders to discuss the state of defense in Ohio. You can learn more by visiting here or