Cities across the country have been given a deadline extension to apply for federal money to support manufacturing. Dayton and Cincinnati are filing a joint application for the funds.
Ten federal agencies will distribute $1.3 billion dollars to 12 designated ‘manufacturing communities’ nationwide.
Dayton, Cincinnati, Montgomery County and the Dayton Development Coalition are all collaborating on regional application. The federal program is called "Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership."
The Federal Aviation Administration handed down its decision earlier this week that the Dayton region was not selected as one of the six national test sites for commercial drones. The news comes after months of preparation from business and industry officials, as well as Ohio’s political leaders. But Chris Ford with the Dayton Development Coalition says it won’t change the game for the drone industry in the region.
The Dayton area has proposed $30 million worth of economic development projects for Ohio’s 2015-2016 budget. It’s the first time in five years local groups have had a chance to request construction funds, and the governor’s Office of Budget and Management (OBM) is going through over 100 proposals from around the state now.