State Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City) joined area leaders yesterday for the Dayton Development Coalition's annual meeting which highlighted the region's economic growth and new efforts to increase collaboration between small businesses and area military installations.

The event featured a keynote address from Major General Thomas Masiello, commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) which is headquartered at Wright Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton. During his remarks, Gen. Masiello emphasized the importance of partnerships with area businesses.

AFRL contributes more than $380 million to the region's economy every year.

“Jobs are returning to our region and businesses are thriving throughout Ohio,” said Beagle. “When I first joined the Senate, our unemployment rate had risen to double digits and headlines of new business closures were a daily occurrence. Through increased collaboration, strategic investments in our workforce and a resolute effort to reduce the tax burden for all Ohioans, we were able to put the state's economy back on track and create new opportunities for Ohio families.”

University of Dayton President Dr. Daniel Curran was awarded the prestigious Maureen Patterson Regional Leaders Award for his work championing economic development in the Dayton region and developing new partnerships with area institution of higher education.

“Collaboration is key,” added Beagle. “Whether it’s strengthening our military, supporting small businesses or enhancing our children's education, fostering an environment of collaboration--not agitation--is the key to effective problem-solving.”

As a member of the Ohio Third Frontier Advisory Board, Senator Beagle has played an important role in helping the state to develop investment strategies that have helped to spur the growth of more than 1,200 companies. Beagle also serves as a member of the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee.

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