Report highlights Dayton as “rising market” for tech expertise

“Many factors already are in place to fuel strong tech-talent job growth this year and beyond coming out of the pandemic,” said Todd Husak, managing director of CBRE’s Tech & Media Practice Group. “Big tech markets will gain from their established pipelines of tech graduates and many workers’ return to city centers. Smaller markets will reap benefits from their cost advantages in labor and real estate as well as the tech industry’s embrace of remote work for certain employees.”

The Dayton area, of course, is home to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, itself home to more than 30,000 military and civilian employees supporting Air Force research and logistics missions.

Among those missions: The Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) supports both the Air Force and the fledgling Space Force.

During a 2017 visit to Wright-Patterson, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson toured the Air Force Research Laboratory. ” Taking a closer look at the responsive, relevant and revolutionary work @Team_AFRL has been doing for 100 years,” she wrote on her Twitter page. CONTRIBUTED

During a 2017 visit to Wright-Patterson, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson toured the Air Force Research Laboratory. ” Taking a closer look at the responsive, relevant and revolutionary work @Team_AFRL has been doing for 100 years,” she wrote on her Twitter page. CONTRIBUTED

AFRL has invested heavily in Ohio businesses, with $384.4 million in spending obligated to small businesses in fiscal year 2020 and another $270 million to businesses outside that category, according to new data the AFRL shared with the Dayton Development Coalition earlier this year.

Earlier this month, the Chicago Tribune listed the Dayton-Kettering metro area as among the cities where “your dollar goes the furthest,” citing data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis’s 2019 Regional Price Parity index, released in December 2020.

“The densely urban city of Dayton gets high ranks for livability and for its cost of living, with the average prices of housing, groceries, transportation, and groceries on the low side,” the Tribune said. “A major source of employment is the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, along with government-funded research installations like the Air Force Research Laboratory. The city struggles with high crime and poverty rates, however.”

The newspaper ranked Dayton-Kettering area fourth out of 15 metro areas.

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