From left to right: Greg Morris, GE Advanced Manufacturing; Dr. Janet Kavandi, NASA Glenn Research Center; State Senator Bill Beagle; Jack Blackhurst, Wright Patterson Air Force Base; and Dr. Douglas Terrier, NASA Chief Technologist
COLUMBUS - State Senator Bill Beagle (R-Tipp City), Chair of the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee, welcomed government, industry and academic leaders to the Statehouse today to participate in dialogue related to the future of aerospace and the aviation industry in Ohio.

Contributing approximately $21 billion to Ohio's economy, more than 590 aerospace companies employ over 170,000 people in Ohio—making the state uniquely positioned to recognize and respond to new opportunities in the aerospace industry.

"Aerospace Day is an important opportunity for us to showcase the many facets of Ohio’s rapidly evolving aviation industry and to inform policymakers about how we can lead in promoting this robust economic sector," said Beagle. "No state has a richer history in flight and aerospace pioneering than Ohio. Part of honoring this legacy is our redoubling of efforts to ensure this industry continues to lead into the 21st century."

Events included a briefing of the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee, led by Chairman Bill Beagle, a panel of industry leaders and aerospace representatives discussing objectives and focused awareness to the opportunities in the aerospace industry, as well as educational and interactive displays for participants.

"Ohio is the catalyst that America's aerospace technology needs to be a global leader," said Dr. Douglas Terrier, NASA Chief Tehnologist. "NASA is committed to growing that partnership with Ohio."

Ohio Aerospace Day 2017 moves the state one step closer to developing a singular, focused, statewide strategy that unites the aerospace and aviation community.

For more information on the Ohio Aerospace and Aviation Technology Committee, visit http://www.aerospaceandaviation.ohio.gov.
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