As Springfield looks to strengthen its presence in the world of Unmanned Aerial Systems or UAS, officials have set sights on UAS potential in neighboring Xenia.
Greene County officials would like to develop a 163.5-acre tract of land just south of Xenia on U.S. Route 35 along Union Road and Innovation Way. David Kell, director of Greene County Department of Development, said the land could be fitted with utilities and gas lines with minimal additions to existing lines.
Specifically, the county hopes the land could attract attention from companies seeking to develop non-military uses for UAS technology.
Kell said the potential for non-military UAS is great, particularly in agrarian areas of the state.
The Greene County Community Improvement Corp. and the city of Xenia will host an event June 21 at the site, tentatively called OVCH Business Park, where speakers from Dayton Development Coalition, Sinclair Community College and Woolpert Inc. will discuss the potential for agricultural, public safety and geospatial uses for UAV systems and technology development.
Kell said the site would be open to any kind of business, but noted the low cost of land, availability of utilities, access to U.S. Route 35 and proximity to other business developments in Wilmington, Springfield, and Xenia would make it particularly attractive.
Earlier this week, the state controlling board approved funding for a two-year lease for a new Ohio/Indiana Unmanned Aerial Systems Center and Test Complex at the Nextedge Industrial Park in Springfield. With backing from the state of Ohio, the Dayton Development Coalition has been working to establish the center to serve as a single-point resource for government, industry and universities looking to conduct research and develop technologies.
For more information on the Xenia event or to register, contact the Greene County Department of Development at http://www.co.greene.oh.us/index.aspx?NID=158.