In Dayton, Portman Visits the National Aviation Heritage Area 

Portman Secured Funding Extension for NAHA in FY 2020 Funding Bill

January 18, 2020 | Press Releases

DAYTON, OH – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) visited Dayton’s National Aviation Heritage Area (NAHA) where he participated in a roundtable discussion highlighting the passage of his legislation to reauthorize funding for Dayton’s NAHA through September 30, 2022. NAHA spans eight counties throughout western Ohio, with a large presence in Dayton, the home of the Wright Brothers. There are a variety of cultural sites within the NAHA, including the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Park, Armstrong Air and Space Museum, Paul Laurence Dunbar State Memorial, Huffman Prairie Flying Field, and Grimes Flying Field, as well as resources related to the Wright Brothers. Portman discussed his bipartisan efforts to address the nearly $12 billion backlog in long-delayed maintenance projects at the National Park Service. After the discussion, Portman toured the National Park.

“I had a great discussion today with the leadership at NAHA about our two year funding extension victory in the final FY 2020 funding measure as well as the deferred maintenance that needs to be addressed throughout the cultural sites,” said Portman. “NAHA is a public-private partnership that has also generated economic growth in the region. It supports 1,500 jobs and generates $35 million in economic impact from the more than two million visitors per year. NAHA is home to our nation’s aviation history and I am proud of the progress we have made to help ensure that it is preserved and enjoyed by future generations. I will continue working at the federal level to ensure the NAHA has the resources it needs to help the National Park Service address its maintenance needs through my bipartisan Restore Our Parks legislation.”

NOTE: Last year, Senator Portman introduced the Restore Our Parks Act, bipartisan legislation that would help address the nearly $12 billion backlog in long-delayed maintenance projects at the National Park Service. The bill, which has been praised by key stakeholders, would establish the “National Park Service Legacy Restoration Fund” from existing unobligated revenues the government receives from on and offshore energy development to fund deferred maintenance projects in national parks across the country.  Notably, the measure would help tackle the more than $100 million maintenance backlog at Ohio’s eight national park sites. Specifically, the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park has more than $3.5 million in unmet maintenance needs such as building renovations and infrastructure improvements. This past November, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved the bipartisan legislation.  

Photos from the event are below: