2nd Annual Unmanned Aircraft Systems Conference - April 23-25, 2013

The estimated $94 million unmanned aircraft system (UAS) industry  is a tremendous opportunity for Ohio and the Dayton Region continues its leadership role by hosting the state’s second annual Ohio UAS Conference on April 23rd-25th at Sinclair Community College’s Ponitz Center.

Last year’s conference brought distinguished senior leaders from the Department of Defense (DoD), U.S. Air Force, and the Department of Homeland Security. Nearly 500 attendees from 22 states across the nation and two countries joined in-depth discussions about opportunities for UAS research, production and operations. 

Organized by the Dayton Development Coalition, the conference will again feature demonstrations and booths from state-wide organizations and businesses from industry, academia, and government.

With Ohio Governor John R. Kasich’s fall 2012 announcement of plans to develop an Ohio UAS Test Center and the partnership with Indiana to pursue designation by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as one of six UAS test sites, the conference will be a bed of opportunities. Within a 50-mile radius of Dayton, a significantly strong aircraft manufacturing supply chain exists. Of the top 30 manufacturing industries required throughout the aircraft manufacturing industry for aircraft production, 28 exist in the state of Ohio and 24 are concentrated in southwest Ohio.

“The State of Ohio is aggressively implementing activities around the UAS market and the Dayton Region is at the center of those opportunities,” said Maurice “Mo” McDonald, Vice President of Military Affairs with the Dayton Development Coalition and Conference Chair.  “The upcoming conference has proven to attract businesses interested in pursuing opportunities to expand here because of the region’s strong supply chain and the Coalition looks forward to promoting the Dayton Region’s strength in the UAS industry.”

The UAS Conference will feature key officials from government, industry, and academia who will discuss the recent developments, critical capability gaps, and the future direction for the unmanned aerial system industry. Topics will include, but not limited to: autonomy, airspace access, human performance, privacy, first responders, and precision agriculture. For more information and to register, please visit www.ohiouasconference.com.

The Dayton Development Coalition is the leading economic development organization for the Dayton Region, an area comprise of 14-counties. Working closely with public and private regional partners, its mission is to support job creation and prosperity for its citizens by focusing on expanding the awareness of our aerospace & defense initiatives, supporting commercialization efforts in leading industries, and continuing business recruitment efforts.

For more information, contact Sharon D. Howard, Director-Marketing & Communications, Dayton Development Coalition at (937) 229-9076 or showard@daytonregion.com

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