Leading up to the meeting, a committee with the Dayton Development Coalition makes a priority list of what projects to push for during the fly-in.
Dozens of applicants, from universities to hospitals to nonprofits, submit proposals on why their project should be on the priority list for federal and state money. The committee picks top proposals and then advocates for funding from both Congress and the Ohio General Assembly.
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For the list of this year's projects the committee picked, read more here.
As part of the fly-in, there will also be three keynote speakers: Barry Jackson, former aide to former House Speaker John Boehner; Lucian Niemeyer, Assistant Secretary of Defense in charge of installations; and Loren Thompson, defense analyst.
This year, two students from the Dayton Early College Academy, junior Yejide Bolajoko Amaris Rodriguez and senior Dale Maurice Robinson II, are also part of the fly-in.
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