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Defense proposal has $18M for Valley

Published: Wed, July 28, 2010 @ 12:10 a.m.

By Elise Franco


A spending bill for fiscal year 2011 would include $37.5 million for projects in U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan’s 17th District.


U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-17)


Warren Mayor Michael J. O'Brien

The House Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee announced Tuesday that some $18 million is allocated for projects such as advanced metals technology, biometrics and alternative energy in the Mahoning Valley.

“We’re just really excited about taking the research and products in the community to the next level,” said Ryan, of Niles, D-17th, who is on the subcommittee. “It’s a major jump-start to our technology initiative.”

The other portion of the money would go to the Akron area for sev- eral multimillion-dollar projects.

Though the appropriations were approved by the defense subcommittee, the bill still must pass the full House Appropriations Committee, full House of Representatives and Senate and be signed by President Barack Obama.

Ryan said he’s not worried, and the hardest part is past.

“The number may change a little bit. Sometimes it goes up or down,” he said. “It just passed the defense subcommittee, which is the initial and most substantial step to get it in the bill, so everything else is just tweaking the bill.”

One project has caught the attention of Warren Mayor Michael O’Brien — a $4.7 million program that would partner the nonprofit Tech Belt Energy Innovative Center in Warren with the Youngstown Business Incubator and Youngstown State University.

The project is called Ohio Enhanced Defense Alternate Energy Suppliers Program and would identify new technologies to improve fuel economy and provide alternate energy and power sources for defense applications.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that Congressman Ryan has secured funding to facilitate the development of Tech Belt Energy Innovation Center in downtown Warren,” O’Brien said Tuesday in a news release. “This is a key element for continued development in the city — bringing new vitality to downtown and new job growth to the region.”

YSU also was allocated $3.5 million for a program that would advance development of a lightweight, cost-effective material to be used for force protection, possibly for military transport vehicles, according to the news release.

Ryan said the allocation of this money isn’t just for show, and he intends to secure funding each year.

“This isn’t some esoteric exercise here. We’re getting defense money that’s driving manufacturing in the United States,” he said. “This isn’t stimulus money or a one-shot deal. It’s money you can get on the committee that happens every year.”

Local projects

$4.7 million: Youngstown State University will administer a program in conjunction with the Tech Belt Energy Innovative Center in Warren and the Youngstown Business Incubator to identify new technologies to improve fuel economy and provide alternate energy and power sources for defense applications.

$3.5 million: YSU will help advance the development of a viable, lightweight, cost- efficient, nanocomposite material that can be used for force protection. The tested materials will be ready for specific field applications of benefit to soldiers, such as force protection for military transport vehicles.

$3 million: YSU and YBI will research new methods of making stainless steel more durable and resistant to corrosion, which would dramatically reduce energy consumption in energy intensive industrial processes.

$1.5 million: YSU and YBI will develop hardware and software that establishes a link to each patient’s portable health-care card record. Funding will be used to establish a Biometrics Information Security and Image Science Research Center that will foster technological and economic growth in Northeast Ohio.

$4.75 million: YSU and YBI will use the funding to improve the fielding and sustainment of weapons systems by designing and simulating the platform in a digital environment. The project will conduct a larger-scale demonstration of Model Based Enterprise tools to establish and validate procedures and processes.

Source: U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan


1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 6 years ago

Mr. Tax & Spend himself - Tim Ryan. He is turning into the King of Pork! What about the 8000 jobs lost in the valley over the past two years many lost because he failed to do what was right for the valley instead he followed the liberal DemoWRONG Pelosi party line. That loss of jobs is the main valley problem and all his DemoPORK can't bring those jobs back. It's time for Tim to go bye bye in November. Vote for Graham!!!

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2glbtactivist(321 comments)posted 6 years ago

Congrats to the Congressman for doing such a great job for the valley. True, it is hard to make up for the mess created by the Republicans in the past. The Bush/Republican recession did put the middle class in a bind. But with help form Cong. Ryan we have reversed the decline and will recover.

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3FightingInTheWarRoom(7 comments)posted 6 years ago

What? Money coming into the area? What an awful thing. I don't want any of my money going to a potentially good thing.

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4lovethiscity(169 comments)posted 6 years ago

I see our Keyboard Superheros are at it again.

The fact is that this is extremely good news because the importation of any new dollars to a region is what drives overall economic development. These dollars would have been distributed somewhere. That is a fact. Would you prefer that they went to Pittsburgh?

The fact is that it far more important to our economic future to chase after Research Centers like Ryan does than stupid a Convocation Center like Traficant did.

The fact is that these dollars will create high paying white collared jobs. And high paying jobs are bad why?

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5madasheck(64 comments)posted 6 years ago

Too Little Too Late Tim
Really good at patting yourself on the back
We need to replace him & most of the other Congressmen.
Bye Bye Timmy

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6madasheck(64 comments)posted 6 years ago

My Bad
Sure any moneys coming to the valley is a good thing.....
But Government Money?
Who's going to pay the bill
Us & Our grandchildren?!?!?
The road the Democrates are leading us down is a Dead End !!!
Not a good future for American Taxpayers

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7lovethiscity(169 comments)posted 6 years ago

Then change the game nationally. But, as long as the money is going to be doled out, I want Ryan fighting for every penny of it to come here.

And whats wrong with the federal government funding research that creates new high paying jobs in the private sector? It's what was used to cure polio. And that's was bad why?

The research dollars Ryan secured will, among other things, develop advanced materials to better protect our troops. And that is bad why?

Advanced materials that can also be used in many other private sector industries to create high paying blue collar manufacturing jobs. And that is bad why?

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8lovethiscity(169 comments)posted 6 years ago

YSU has been involved in advanced material science for decades with great success in accretion to the private sector from the steel mills of old to our new cutting edge companies like Sycro Medical Innovations and Fireline TCONN of today.

What's your point? Please don't pontificate of that which you know nothing about.

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9lovethiscity(169 comments)posted 6 years ago

What you are is an old coot with too much time on your hands.

But, thanks for commenting and proving your irrelevance.

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10cambridge(4150 comments)posted 6 years ago

More investments and jobs for the valley. Excellent news.

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11JME(802 comments)posted 6 years ago

"YSU has been involved in advanced material science for decades with great success in accretion to the private sector from the steel mills of old to our new cutting edge companies like Sycro Medical Innovations and Fireline TCONN of today.

What's your point? Please don't pontificate of that which you know nothing about. "

Lovethiscity, you should take your own advice (mentioned in your last sentence) regarding this topic

As a graduate from Ohio State University in Material Science & Engineering with nearly 20 years of experience working with various materials, YSU is not even a blip on the map regarding research and development of advanced materials.

Maybe YSU's work with local steel companies is the reason why so many of those companies no longer exist in the Valley.

YSU is not a research and development university, and should probably stick to working with silly putty since they don't have the expertise.

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12HaydenThomas(208 comments)posted 6 years ago

Censoredship is 100% correct. Ryan is just bringing pork, any pork to the valley regardless of its merits or the areas ability to do the research being funded. The payments that future generations will be required to pony up to pay for the massive debt build is astonishing. Soon, China and the rest of the world will see the house of cards and quit funding these shenanigans. Once that happens, and interest rates start to rise, the cards will come falling down. The pork however should enable Timmy to get reelected ad infinitum. A society is near the end of its reign when money is shoveled out in wheelbarrows to keep the masses happy.

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13Valleys_Voice(149 comments)posted 6 years ago

You Demokrauts make me laugh. This is good spending for our Valley quit crying about lost jobs. Tim Ryan is doing SOMETHING to help us out collectively. As for those who quit their jobs and stopped looking and are sucking up unemployment: Your opportunity is right now to get out there and get your resumes circulating for these manufacturing positions. Hop to it!

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14walter_sobchak(2727 comments)posted 6 years ago

I think Mayor O'Brien should rent out advertizing space on that forehead and use the money to hire more police officers! Man, get another picture.

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15Valleys_Voice(149 comments)posted 6 years ago


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16walter_sobchak(2727 comments)posted 6 years ago


At one time, YSU had an excellent material science programs. We put quite a few metallurgists into the various basic metal producers for years. The students would often go to school during the day and work in the steel mills at night where they learned practical engineering applications. When steel was king locally, YSU was top-notch. However, since the closures, the program dried up and I'm not sure they were even accredited anymore in material science.

I believe that the university has re-energized the program recently and has indeed done research on newer materials, as noted in previous posts by others. Why bash YSU for attempting to move forward and reinvent itself? My son is in pre-med - biology at YSU and assists in biology research being conducted there. So, I think you need to check your facts. When I attened over 30 years ago, it wasn't involved in very much research. It was an an application-type university. But, that has changed lately and professors are encouraged to do research. Funding, both government and private, has been on the increase to the university.

Personally, I am tired of government overspending. But, if they are going to dole out the money, we should get our cut. One could argue that building the space program and going to the moon was a waste of out tax dollars. But, look at the innovation that came out of the space program and how it changed our lives.

ANd, speaking of the space program, it reminded me of something. In 1977, I took a material science course at YSU that was taught by Dr. Saffiq Ahmed. In the 1960's, Dr. Ahmed was a consultant to NASA on the heat shield materials used on the space capsules. He wasn't a great instructor, but he knew materials.

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17JME(802 comments)posted 6 years ago


I think Censoredship sums it up pretty well in his last post.
While it is nice that money will be coming to the Valley, this type of project is better suited at an established research powerhouse. Essentially this money will be used for YSU to catch up, instead of developing new materials - not a very good investment in taxpayer money.

Metallurgy is connected to the Material Science field, but a metallurgist would have to re-educate himself to be knowledgeable enough to do research in advanced materials, which is based off of advanced ceramics.

There are simply too many other universities that this money would be better suited for.

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