The NFL has chosen Youngstown as it's home to kick off a $3-million contest in search of who can build a better helmet to protect its players.

"The Helmet Challenge" as it's called will begin with a networking symposium that will take place at the DeYor Performing Arts Center November 13th -15th. Teams will then have until April 2021 to turn their vision for a better helmet into a reality.

Youngstown was chosen based on a partnership with America Makes, a 3-D printing and additive manufacturing institute based right here in the Valley.

"I think it's a massive deal. I think it's very impressive having the NFL select Youngstown," said Erin O'Donnell with America Makes

O'Donnell pointed out in addition to America Makes success, the city also has additive manufacturing experts at Youngstown State University, as well as growth in the industry at the Youngstown Business Incubator.

The deadline to register for the symposium is October 2nd, and the proposal deadline to apply for a grant to fund helmet prototypes is January 23, 2020.

More information can be found here.