By Steve Bennish

Staff Writer

Congressman Mike Turner will host a forum for business people and others on trade and taxation reform aimed at building a stronger climate for manufacturing and exporting in the Miami Valley. 

The forum will be Monday at 8:30 a.m. on the Sinclair Community College campus in Building 12, the Ponitz Center, 444 W. Third Street.

Turner will deliver opening remarks, followed by a short presentation by Michael Stumo of the Coalition for a Prosperous America, a Washington D.C.-based nonprofit that advocates for domestic manufacturing and balanced international trade.

A panel discussion follows with representatives from GEMcity Engeneering and Manufacturing, Yasotay, Inc., Harco Industries and NewPage Corp. Representatives are also expected from Dayton area chambers of commerce.

Topics include the relative international competitiveness of U.S. trade and taxation policies, the impact of export and other tactics employed by China, Asian and other nations on the U.S., and longterm economic issues.

Several state legislators are also expected to attend, including Sen. Bill Beagle, R- Tipp City. In January, Beagle was named Chairman of the newly-created Senate Standing Committee on Workforce & Economic Development.

Trade and manufacturing made headlines throughout the 2012 presidential election in Ohio, and the issues figured prominently in President Obama’s State of the Union Address. Obama discussed a potential trade pact with Eurozone nations.

There’s no cost to attend and admission is open, but organizers would like RSVPs. To RSVP, telephone (937)225-2843.