There is no doubt that Ohio’s heritage in aerospace and aviation is second to none. Our state, home to the legacy of heroes like the Wright Brothers, John Glenn and Neil Armstrong, is now home to a multi-billion dollar aerospace and aviation industry. As we continue to lead the way in this arena, I wanted to brief my constituents on the work of the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee, of which I serve as Chairman.


 


This initiative began with House Bill 292, a bill I sponsored that was signed into law by Governor John Kasich on June 17th of last year. HB 292 created the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee (OAATC), which is tasked with studying and developing comprehensive strategies to promote the aviation, aerospace, and technology industries throughout the state. I was honored to be appointed to the committee by former Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder and designated as the Chair of the Committee, which contains both lawmakers and 15 public members representing the aerospace, aviation or technology industries, the military, and our outstanding colleges and universities in Ohio.


 


Working on this committee is truly an honor. As a former Commander in the U. S. Air Force, it’s no secret that aerospace and aviation is a passion for me. The OAATC has the ability to help facilitate continued growth in this major Ohio industry by continuing to bring together experts from all over the state to brainstorm and discuss ways to keep this industry growing. It is crucial that we continue working together to cement Ohio’s aerospace and aviation industry leadership in this country.


 


I recently released my Chairman’s report on the committee’s initial work and early recommendations in developing a strategic plan for the Ohio aerospace and aviation sector. Recommendations adopted by the committee include the creation of a comprehensive website to be used as a tool for businesses, universities, and military installations regarding events, news and material related to aerospace and aviation, finding barriers to effective collaboration between industry and academia, and developing tax incentives and workforce development strategies to encourage growth in the industry, to name a few. These recommendations will be used by state officials in our continued promotion of this industry in Ohio, and will no doubt mature and progress as the committee continues its work.


 


I look forward to seeing Ohio, the true Birthplace of Aviation, continue its work in this field, and I am excited to continue my work on the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee. I encourage my constituents to visit www.aerospaceandaviation.ohio.gov or contact my office regarding the work of this committee or any other state government related issue.

 
 
 
  
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