Research and Development Ecosystem
One of the best beta tests in history happened right here in Dayton when Orville and Wilbur Wright decided to design a flying machine in their Wright Cycle Company. That desire to try new and exciting technology and push the boundaries of known science has shaped Dayton into a region that thrives on innovation, takes pride in its creative problem solving, and leads the country in research and development for the Air Force. The Boolean search method that drives internet search engines was developed in Dayton by LexisNexis, and daily life is filled with Dayton inventions. Our region shaped aerospace innovation, navigation systems, stealth technology and composite materials development.
The region is home to successful federal research installations, leading private businesses, non-profits and universities. These key players often work together on breakthrough discoveries to create new and improved products, processes and more. The military doesn’t use all the developed technologies, so the Air Force Technology Transfer office ensures these are transferred or intentionally shared with state and local governments, academia and industry. This common exchange of knowledge, expertise, equipment and testing facilities leverages the Department of Defense (DoD) research and development investment. Through organizations like the Dayton Tech Guide, Wright Brothers Institute and The Entrepreneurs Center, private businesses large and small continue to position us as a region full of great minds and life‐enhancing products.