Congressman Turner and Congressman Tiberi toured Wright-Patterson Air Force Base this morning. This tour comes after Congressman Turner hosted the first Ohio Defense Forum in Columbus emphasizing the importance of strengthening Ohio’s defense installations and the communities that house them.
“I would like to thank Congressman Tiberi for joining me today at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Ohio has 9 military installations and offers a wide array of capabilities, which further demonstrates the breadth of Ohio’s military presence. As the defense community battles budget cuts and possible BRAC, we must work together at the federal and state level in Ohio to ensure our men and women are equipped with the best resources to complete the mission.”
“It is an honor to work with the Ohio delegation to support Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. It is vitally important that we ensure our service members have the resources they need to carry out their mission and keep our nation safe and secure. That is why I am so pleased to have a representative in this region like Congressman Mike Turner. He has worked tirelessly to highlight Ohio’s role in building our defense industry, and I sincerely thank him for his leadership. With his help, we will continue to work with key stakeholders in central Ohio and across the state to take advantage of all available opportunities to keep the defense community strong.”
Congressman Turner was awarded the ‘Hero of Main Street’ Award by the National Retail Federation and the US Chamber of Commerce for his continued support of the retail industry and pro-growth policies:
“I am honored to be named a ‘Hero of Main Street.’ I will continue to fight to strengthen our economy and work to bring more jobs to the Miami Valley. I would like to thank the National Retail Federation and the US Chamber of Commerce. Together, we continue to fight for pro-jobs and pro-growth policies in Congress.”
Phil Parker, President of the Dayton Area of Chamber of Commerce, John Marshal, Owner of Grismer Tires, Gordon M. Gough, President and Chief Executive Officer Ohio Council of Retail Merchants and Affiliates and Alex Boehnke, Public Affairs, Ohio Council of Retail Merchants presented Congressman Turner with the award at the Schuster Performing Arts Center on Main Street in Dayton, Ohio.
Congressman Mike Turner released the following statement to announce the development of a Citizens’ Commemoration Panel to name the Dayton Federal Building and United States Courthouse. The Panel is tasked with providing Congressman Turner a recommendation to name the federal building.
Congressman Turner will introduce legislation to name the courthouse using the Panel’s recommendation.
“I am grateful to the members of our community who have volunteered to serve on this important panel. The courthouse has served the federal government and the Miami Valley for over forty years and providing it with a formal designation is long past due. I look forward to introducing legislation to honor an individual who has served the Dayton community and the courthouse with the Panel’s recommendation.”
Congressman Turner has appointed Merle F. Wilberding as Chairman of the Citizens’ Panel.
The names of the panelists are as follows:
Congressman Turner, Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, hosted the first Ohio Defense Forum in Columbus, Ohio. The two-day forum closed this afternoon after hosting defense industry professionals from across the state:
“Over the last two days, we were able to share ideas and discuss how we can strengthen Ohio’s defense communities and address the issue of readiness across the military. The ongoing partnership between government, military, and the defense industry is absolutely critical. I would like to thank everyone who attended and all those who helped to make this event possible and an incredible success.”
The second and final day of The Ohio Defense Forum came to a close this afternoon. The panels for the second day covered the state of defense and how we can prepare for the future, the importance of building state and regional defense communities and garnering community support for Ohio’s military installations. For more information, please visit the Ohio Defense Forum website.
Congressman Turner, Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, moderated a panel discussing the future of defense during the second and final day of The Ohio Defense Forum in Columbus, Ohio.
“The state of the defense community finds itself at a crossroads, whether it is navigating the defense budget or a possible BRAC we must ensure that our installations remain adaptable to change. It is important we maintain the ongoing partnership between government and the defense industry so that we can have the open and frank conversations necessary to keep the U.S. military the best in the world. The current threat environment is one that continues to evolve every day. We must remain mindful of the strain placed on our readiness capabilities as we look to the future.”
Congressman Turner moderated the State of Defense Now and into the Future Overview Panel at The Ohio Defense Forum. The panelists included:
· Lucian Neimeyer, President of The Niemeyer Group
· George Schlossberg, Kutak Rock
· Dr. Zachary Mears, Assistant Vice President for National Security Programs and Research, The Ohio State University.
Congressman Turner, Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, hosted the first Ohio Defense Forum in Columbus, Ohio.
“I would like to thank the Dayton Development Coalition, the Association of Defense Communities, and The Ohio State University for their dedication to our defense installations. The Ohio Defense Forum gives community leaders the opportunity to learn more about the current defense environment and how the defense budget impacts our military installations. I look forward to what we can accomplish on the second day of this forum.”
The first day of the Defense Forum included panels on integrating the military and the community for a successful partnership, a discussion on the top issues facing Ohio’s military installations, and building statewide defense initiatives in Ohio. The two-day forum concludes at noon tomorrow. For more information please visit the Ohio Defense Forum website.
This morning, Congressman Mike Turner, Chairman of the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, opened the Ohio Defense Forum in Columbus, Ohio.
“Ohio has 9 military installations and offers a wide array of capabilities, which further demonstrates the breadth of Ohio’s military presence. We must foster the partnership between government, military and the defense industry. The Ohio Defense Forum will give community leaders the opportunity to learn more about the current defense environment and the role each of us can play in support of our defense installations.”
To learn more about The Ohio Defense Forum, click here.
Congressman Turner released the following statement on the passing of former Israeli President Shimon Peres:
“Today, we join the State of Israel in mourning Shimon Peres’s passing. He will be remembered for his leadership and commitment to peace with Palestine and his love of country. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Congressman Turner has met with Israeli President Shimon Peres multiple times. Most notably, in 2008, Congressman Turner traveled to Israel as part of a Congressional Delegation led by then Senator George Voinovich.
Congressman Mike Turner released the following statement following U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) grant of $2,399,211 to Greater Dayton Premier Management (GDPM):
“Currently, almost 16,000 people benefit from GDPM’s work annually. HUD’s grant will go a long way in furthering GDPM’s beneficial impact. GDPM will use this funding to help reduce barriers between individuals and employment training services. I thank HUD for recognizing GDPM’s success and contribution to the Dayton community.”
In August, Congressman Turner brought Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations, to Dayton. The congressmen visited GDPM and other creative housing development initiatives in Dayton, sites Congressman Turner called “examples of what can be accomplished when resources from the federal level are allocated creatively.”
Congressman Turner released the following statement after the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) awarded a grant to the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education’s (SOCHE) Cybersecurity Consortium:
“I welcome today’s announcement that SOCHE and its dedicated partners have been awarded this funding to bring together higher education, defense industrial base, and private sector partners from throughout Southwest Ohio to help address cybersecurity workforce demands. A well-trained cybersecurity workforce is critical to both our economy and our national security. This award is a testament to the Dayton region’s longstanding commitment to our national defense and history of innovation.”
In June of this year, Congressman Turner sent a letter of support for SOCHE’s application for the grant from the Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Development program.
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A lifelong resident of Dayton, Ohio, Congressman Mike Turner has family roots in Eastern Kentucky. His parents, Ray and Vivian, moved to Dayton in the 1950’s to take advantage of the job opportunities in the manufacturing industry. Mr. Ray Turner worked at General Motors, retiring after 42 years as a member of IUE local 801; and Mrs. Vivian Turner retired from teaching in the Huber Heights School District. Congressman Turner has two daughters, Jessica and Carolyn.
Congressman Turner attended Dayton Public Schools and graduated from Belmont High School. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio; an MBA from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio; and a Juris Doctorate from Case Western University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to his election to Congress, Turner was in private practice and corporate law for 13 years.
Congressman Turner has a background of community activism having worked with not-for-profit groups focusing on neighborhood concerns, community development, housing code enforcement, and historical preservation. As the two-term Mayor of the City of Dayton, he was a strong proponent of neighborhood revitalization, crime reduction, increased funding for safety forces, economic development and job creation. He created Rehabarama, a private-public partnership to rehabilitate neglected housing in Dayton’s historic neighborhoods, which had significant economic impact on the region, and received national awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Also while serving as Mayor of Dayton, Congressman Turner established a development fund providing more than $19 million in grants for housing and job-producing projects. The development fund sparked investment which resulted in a renaissance of Dayton’s downtown, including a $130 million arts center, a minor league baseball stadium, river front development, loft and upscale housing, additional corporate headquarters, and redevelopment of the former Delco and Frigidaire brownfield area into an office, research, and industrial park. Under Mayor Turner’s leadership, the City of Dayton had a balanced budget for all eight years of his tenure (having not been balanced for the previous five years), added 54 police officers to the force, resulting in a nearly 40 percent reduction in police response time, and closed two adult movie theaters in residential neighborhoods, thus improving the quality of life for Dayton residents.
First elected to the 108th Congress and sworn in January of 2003, Congressman Turner was appointed to the Armed Services Committee, from which he assists Wright-Patterson Air Force Base located in Ohio’s Tenth District, and to the Government Reform Committee, which allows him to contribute his experience as a former mayor to government reform. Congressman Turner’s urban experience was called upon by then House Speaker Dennis Hastert who appointed him Chairman of the new Saving America’s Cities working group. The 24 Member working group was charged with developing goals and principles to help urban America by focusing on economic development issues and encouraging private sector investment in cities.
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