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Millions in government funds sought for job-creating projects

A wish list of regional projects that adherents hope could get millions in federal and state funding has been unveiled.

Now it’s your turn to comment on the ideas.

The Dayton Development Coalition has unveiled a list of proposals that advocates hope could attract federal government funding, ideas some hope could boost the Dayton area in defense, health care, education and other arenas.

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Public comments on the ideas — which can be found at http://daytonregion.com/pdac-projects/ — will be accepted until 5 p.m. Dec. 8. Comments may be sent to pdac@daytonregion.com.

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After that, coalition-affiliated committees will review the ideas for final recommendations. Coalition leaders hope to have a final list of ideas ready for the organization’s annual fly-in to Washington, D.C., sometime around April 2018.

The ideas include:

The Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association seeks nearly $2 million to create a $4.3 million “stabilization unit and detox center” for those recovering from addiction. The association said in its application that it has “identified a significant community need to have additional detox and sobering services to not only deal with the current opioid crisis but also other substance abuse issues impacting the Dayton region.”

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The Air Force Research Lab and the Ohio Federal Research Network, led by Wright State University and Ohio State, are working with the new AFRL/Ohio beyond line of sight UAS test center in Springfield, which provides a one of a kind test environment to explore, develop and demonstrate new technologies. $15 million is sought.

Improvements to Fifth Third Field in Dayton. $3.36 million is sought as part of an overall $14.1 million project for the home of the Dayton Dragons.

Assistance in developing the historic Montgomery County Fairgrounds off South Main Street. The Dayton-Montgomery County Port Authority seeks $4 million in a $25 million project.

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A group seeks $750,000 for the 260-foot “Triumph of Flight” monument they wish to build near the interchange of interstates 70 and 75. That’s a $21.6 million total project.

$970,000 is sought for redevelopment of the former Wright Airplane factory buildings near Home Avenue and West Third Street, in what is said to be an overall $5.2 million project.

Another idea is to transform a 6-mile abandoned rail corridor beginning in and near downtown Dayton into the “Flight Line”, a recreational multi-use trail. $2 million is sought in an overall $5 million effort.

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Sinclair Community College wants to renovate 36,000 square feet of space in the Fieldhouse/Auxiliary Gym at its downtown Dayton campus to create an “Advanced Manufacturing Center.” The college wants $3 million.

GE Aviation seeks $15 million in the $45 million search for new electrical power systems greater than 1,000 kilowatts.

And $73,000 is sought in a $139,000 effort to “further the advancement in aviation psychology via the support of the International Symposium on Aviation Psychology.” The idea is to further research at the 711th Air Force Wing and the Airman Systems Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory.

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