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Remarks (As Prepared): Dayton Small Business Association Seminar

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Thank you all so much for coming out to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission Center. I appreciate you taking the time to be with us today. This is the fourth DeWine/SBA Small Business Seminar we have presented and as a result, we've been able to inform a number of small business owners like yourselves about various opportunities.

You've already heard speakers discuss SBA resources for government contracting and business development. They have given us some great information and I want to thank them for being here today. You will next hear about defense contracting opportunities in the Dayton area from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Battelle.

Let me start by talking a little bit about Wright Patt and the surrounding Greene and Montgomery County area.

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is the only active duty military base in Ohio. There are approximately 22,000 jobs at the base -- including service jobs such as the commissary, post offices, and golf courses -- making Wright Patt the fifth largest employer in the state of Ohio and the largest single site employer. As of December 31, 2005, the base employed 5,520 military and 10,127 civilians in positions that are relevant to the DoD mission. The local economic impact of the base is estimated to be over $3.4 billion annually. The Dayton Development Coalition estimates that the base location has also generated approximately 52,000 jobs in surrounding communities. These were estimates for 2005.

The 2004 economic impact statement released by WPAFB on September 30, 2004 reported 20,204 jobs on base and "indirect" job creation of 21,973 off-base jobs for a total economic impact of $2.8 billion -- not including jobs and other contributions of the more than 600 contractor companies.

As a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, Wright-Patterson will gain a net increase of 1088 new jobs and add the Joint Center of Excellence in Aerospace Medicine. This followed the devastating 1995 BRAC round, in which Wright-Patt lost an estimated 3000 jobs at the base.

The Dayton region also is home to more than 600 defense and aerospace-related companies. From FY2000 - FY2006, I helped secure $148.95 million in defense appropriations for projects at Wright-Patterson and companies in Greene & Montgomery Counties. These funds have led to an increase in the number of jobs associated with these companies. Wright-Patterson provides a wealth of opportunities for defense contractors.

Today, you will also hear from the Battelle Memorial Institute -- one of the world's largest research enterprises -- which employs 20,000 staff members. Battelle's annual research and development budget of $3.4 billion results in 50 to 100 patented inventions every year. Battelle is headquartered in Columbus and works with nearly 2,000 companies and government agencies.

In conclusion, there are several people that I would like to thank for their help in putting on this event. They include: Thomas Mueller, District Director for the SBA; Pat Rea, Regional Administrator for the SBA, as well as the rest of the SBA speakers. I want to also thank Idotha "Bootsie" Neal and her staff, Jennifer and Paula, for making today possible. As President of Wright-Dunbar, Inc., Bootsie has been instrumental in revitalizing the historic Wright-Dunbar Business Village, by bringing new business and tourism to the area. Finally, I want to thank Ray Webb, Affiliate President of Fifth Third Bank, which sponsored the breakfast today; and Joe Black from Smokin Joe's Catering. And thanks again to all of the speakers who have come out today.

Please feel free to contact my office any time with additional questions or comments you may have. Thank you, and enjoy the rest of the seminar.

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