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AKRON, Ohio - Congressman Tim Ryan played host for the TechBelt Defense Expo at the University Of Akron.

The expo provides an opportunity for local businesses to meet face to face with some of the major defense contractors, to exchange ideas and get to know more about one another and how they might work together.

Defense is a 400 billion dollar industry and Ryan wants more small to medium businesses to be a part of it.

"What I want to do is get our local companies, local manufacturers, in that supply chain. It creates jobs in our local communities, so with all that taxpayer money being spent, lets line up our local companies, take advantage, and hire our local workforce," said Ryan.

The networking also is a unique opportunity for local universities like YSU to get their names in the minds of defense contractors and let them know what they have to offer

"Whether it's for a research opportunity, or a technology development, or it's an opportunity for our students to be getting jobs" said Dr. Martin Abraham, Dean of YSU's STEM College.

The keynote speaker, Alana Broitman, from the Department of Defense, noted that with the new National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, Youngstown is now ground zero for this game changing technology.

"Additive manufacturing is an incredible innovation, it's really like the next step in the industrial revolution" said Broitman. She added that it will be a game-changer for the Department of Defense and that they will be looking at Youngstown and what they can learn there.

The defense department praised the Tech Belt Initiative as a prime example of how geographic regions can pool resources and collaborate to develop solutions. 

Congressman Ryan came up with the TechBelt Initiative in 2007.  

 

 

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