Dayton Development Coalition

The Economy & Business
10:59 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Southwest Ohio Passed Over For Drone Testing

A model drone among many at SelectTech Geospatial in Springfield. The company is among several local businesses that hoped to benefit from commercial drone testing in the area.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

 Southwest Ohio was passed over as a drone test site. On December 30, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced it will develop test sites for unmanned vehicles in Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia, which the agency says together provide the necessary climatic and geographic diversity for testing.

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The Economy & Business
6:31 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Want A Drone? WYSO's Lewis Wallace Talks Regulations With Maurice McDonald

A quadcopter ready for flight at SelectTech Geospatial in Springfield.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Right now, if you can spare the cash, you can buy your own drone—or unmanned aerial vehicle, as the industry likes to call them. You can buy local, too, because the Dayton area is trying to shape itself as a hub for the growing commercial drone industry. In a couple years local companies would like to be using them for agricultural purposes, emergency response, entertainment, even surveillance.

"The FAA really needs to address the procedures and policies associated with flying these systems," says Maurice McDonald at the Dayton Development Coalition.

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The Economy & Business
4:35 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Southwest Ohio Gears Up For FAA Decision On Drone Testing

Frank Beafore with one of the drone models designed at SelectTech Geospatial in Springfield.
Lewis Wallace WYSO

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The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to make a decision soon about where to open up air space for the testing of commercial drones. Southwest Ohio is competing to become one of six sites around the country as the FAA prepares to regulate the commercial drone industry by late 2015.

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Politics
8:59 am
Sat October 5, 2013

Gov't. Shutdown May Have Long Term Consequences

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The government shutdown continues, as do the furloughs affecting civilian employees at Wright-Patterson. One estimate has put the economic impact at $5 million per furlough day that the region loses. Nearly 9,000 base employees are currently out of work.

The news in the short-term is certainly not good. Michael Gessel with the Dayton Development Coalition says to put that into perspective, "it would be the same economic impact if LexisNexis, Honda and AK Steel closed down and let everybody off."

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Statewide News
7:41 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Dayton Business Leaders Say Ohio Is Ready For UAS Testing

Congressman Mike Turner (R) with Dayton Business Leaders at UAS Meeting
Credit Emily McCord

Unmanned Aerial Systems, or UAS, was the focus of an informational meeting Wednesday in Xenia. Ohio has partnered with Indiana and applied to become one of six national centers for unmanned systems and Congressman Mike Turner with the Dayton Development Coalition held the meeting to build awareness about what UAS could bring to Ohio.

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