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Strategic Plan

Who We Are

Long known as the “Gem City,” Dayton’s true unpolished gem is its ongoing contribution to American freedom through
support for the U.S. military. The city, its residents, and its businesses/industry have played key roles in numerous national
defense and national pride initiatives, including, but not limited to, Wright Patterson Air Force Base’s aeromedical
contributions to the American space program, Monsanto’s involvement in the Manhattan Project, NCR’s World War II
manufacturing efforts and role in breaking the Enigma Code, Dayton’s status as ‘birthplace of aviation’ and all its
subsequent military and civilian aerospace contributions, and, of course, the role of the sprawling Dayton VA campus as a
birthplace of veteran’s medical care in the United States. However, these historic achievements don’t even begin to scratch
the surface of what the Miami Valley has done and been . . . and what it can be again.

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