WPAFB, Ohio (WDTN) – Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is creating partnerships with our communities as part of a new initiative.
The sharing of resources is an example of what’s working in the Miami Valley.
“With the economic time that we have, not only on the government side, but even in the community, the resources that we can share amongst each other are just tremendous,” said Maurice “Mo” McDonald, Dayton Development Coalition.
Colonel Cassie Barlow, Commander of the 88th Air Base Wing announced several new partnerships Wednesday.
Among them, opening the pools on base to people in local municipalities.
The goal is to share resources with the community for mutual gain while reducing operating costs.
This includes efforts to protect the region.
“We can now for the first time in history, talk to our partners in different municipalities around the Miami Valley when we show up with mutual aid in emergency response environments,” said Col. Cassie Barlow.
“It’s really exciting to see the communities and the other parties are working together collaboratively, creatively and most of all effectively,” said Marsha Bayless, Mayor of Xenia.
Last month, the committee met with the Dayton Veterans Administration and the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association to discuss the sharing of resources and research.
Officials say it has an $11-billion impact.