This week the State of Ohio Controlling Board announced the release of $10 million in funds for economic development surrounding Department of Defense facilities. Much of that money is headed to the Miami Valley to help improve human performance and strengthen the region's potential for economic growth related to military activity.
In the study of human performance, researchers look at how military employees use the latest technology to figure out what makes the employees work better or more efficiently.
From 2000 to 2009, manufacturing jobs in the greater Dayton area were cut in half as businesses consolidated, closed, or went overseas.
“Everything really just kinda died for us,” says Steve Staub, the head of Staub Manufacturing Solutions.
Jobs drained out of the region, around 40,000 in total, and just a few thousand have been added since 2010—not exactly a roaring comeback. But now the remaining workforce is aging, and area manufacturers are having a hard time finding young, educated workers to fill positions doing increasingly high-tech work.