By Jessica Wehrman
WASHINGTON | In what has become a key annual lobbying effort, nearly 100 leaders from the Dayton Development Coalition will trek to Washington, D.C., next week to present lawmakers with a $231.6 million laundry list of federal projects they consider priorities for the region.
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The Dayton Development Coalition will meet with Reps. Mike Turner, R-Centerville; David Hobson, R-Springfield; Majority Leader John Boehner, R-West Chester; and Sens. Mike DeWine and George Voinovich, both R-Ohio, to discuss the region’s priorities. Local leaders pared a wish list of 134 projects totaling $475 million to 61 projects costing less than half that amount through a process involving coordination between Dayton businesses, local government officials and civic leaders representing Montgomery, Greene, Clark and Miami Counties.
While the focus of last year’s “fly-in” was the then-impending base closure process, this year will likely focus on base closure implementation, with representatives from the coalition spending much of Tuesday at the Pentagon.
But a second focus - presented to lawmakers neatly packaged in a binder - has always been the wish list. Among the projects the coalition hopes to receive funding for are:
• $3 million to build sewer, power, water and telecommunications infrastructure for the Austin Pike project, which would open up 250 acres of prime development land next to the proposed Austin Pike Interchange with I-75.
• $6 million to develop infrastructure and utilities at the Brown and Stewart streets property, the former site of NCR’s manufacturing facilities. The 49-acre site needs water, sewer, storm sewer, road and pedestrian walkways.
• $1 million to revamp Main Street and Monument Avenue’s vacant, decaying parking structure and lots to turn it into a development site, and public green space to compliment the RiverScape Park across Monument Avenue.
• $10 million to beef up radio frequency identification operations at RFID Solutions Center in Miamisburg, a military initiative that helps track military inventory.
• $7 million for an advanced technical intelligence learning center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s Air Force Institute of Technology.
• $3.5 million for Smiths Aerospace in Vandalia to develop a lighter, more powerful electronic power system for aircraft such as the Joint Strike Fighter.
• $3 million for a Wright-Patterson project to develop a portable technology aimed at detecting and assessing brain injuries for both the military and civilians. An estimated 59 percent of blast survivors from Iraq have at least mild traumatic brain injury.
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