Portman, Brown Legislation to Extend Funding for Dayton’s National Aviation Heritage Area to be Signed Into Law

December 19, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC  – Today, U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced the Senate passage of the final FY 2020 funding bill, which includes their legislation to reauthorize funding for Dayton’s National Aviation Heritage Area (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.

“The National Aviation Heritage Area in Dayton is home to our nation’s aviation history and I am proud the Senate-passed FY 2020 funding bill includes this legislation to help ensure it is preserved and enjoyed by future generations,” said Portman. “It tells the story of the Wright Brothers’ development of the first airplane, which has led to a strong aviation industry in the region today. This site is a public-private partnership that has generated significant economic growth for the region. 

“The pioneering spirit of Paul Laurence Dunbar and the Wright Brothers is reflected today in Dayton’s National Aviation Heritage Area. It’s a privilege to represent a state that has and continues to play such an important role in the aviation sector. I’m proud to stand with Senator Portman in our effort to ensure that federal investment in the National Aviation Heritage Area will continue,” said Brown. 

As of April 2018, the National Aviation Heritage Area has more than two million visitors annually, generating $35 million in economic impact and supporting 1,500 jobs in the region.  

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