Wright-Patterson AFB’s Neighbors Intent on Forging Partnerships

One week after the Dayton Development Coalition and the state of Ohio accepted ADC’s Community Excellence Award, local leaders continued to reach out to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to identify partnership opportunities that will either help it trim spending or enhance its services.

“For the base, the conversation has been on how we can avoid costs or generate revenue,” Col. John Devillier, the 88th Air Base Wing and installation commander, said at a meeting with community representatives. “That means a new way of thinking about how we interact,” Devillier said, reported the Dayton Business Journal.

“Sharing services and resources is a benefit to us all,” said Deb McDonnell, city manager of Fairborn.

Beyond municipalities sharing services with Wright-Patterson to cut its costs, other community organizations are working more closely with the installation. A group of area hospitals and health care organizations formed a private enterprise to commercialize technology developed on the base. Meanwhile, major colleges and universities in Ohio are targeting Wright-Patterson for research, according to the story.

“Every community in the region is impacted by Wright-Patt,” said Jeff Hoagland, president and CEO of the Dayton Development Coalition. “Beavercreek, Riverside, Fairborn, all of them are looking at ways to work together with the base,” Hoagland said.


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