August TAC Meeting to Feature Guest Speaker Brent Lane

25 July 2023

At our next Technical Advisory Committee meeting on Thursday, August 3rd, Eastgate will have a special guest speaker. From the Ohio University (OU) George Voinovich School, Brent Lane, Senior Executive in Residence at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, will give a presentation on Advanced Aviation Mobility (AAM). The presentation, summarized below, is a partnership between OU and the 4-Ohio LDDs.

“A rapidly developing “Next Generation” of Advanced Aviation Mobility (AAM) aircraft offers numerous opportunities for rural America through improvements to currently impeded critical uses such as emergency medical services, market access, and package deliveries. The Ohio University (OU) George Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Service (GVS) in partnership with OU Russ College of Engineering (Russ College), FlyOhio, and JobsOhio is capitalizing on the rural geographies of Appalachian Ohio’s 32 counties to explore AAM opportunities for the region’s business, transportation, and logistical needs. As a recognized leader in public policy and economic strategy research, GVS has long established relationships with the area’s public and private sector leadership and institutions. GVS has long-standing partnerships with each of Appalachian Ohio’s four local development districts (LDDs) – the Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission, the Buckeye Hills Regional Council, Ohio Mid-East Governments Association, and the Eastgate Council of Governments.

In this ongoing project, GVS and Russ College are working with this established network of regional partners to increase awareness of AAM’s rural potential by 1) identifying potential AAM applications across Appalachian Ohio, 2) informing their communities of AAM capabilities and requirements, and 3) engaging with local public officials and representatives in an informed prioritizing of prospective AAM use cases both regionally and within specific jurisdictions. These findings will provide the foundation for targeting economic development efforts on AAM readiness to the feasible and significant opportunities for Appalachian Ohio (and Appalachian Regional Commission) businesses and communities”       -  Brent Lane

We hope to see you at our TAC meeting this August!

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