SW Ohio officials seek manufacturing funding

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Officials in southwest Ohio are joining to seek preferential consideration for $1.3 billion in federal funding to help bolster manufacturing activities and create new jobs in the region.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1fq02cO) reports that Cincinnati, Dayton, Montgomery County and the Dayton Development Coalition are working together on a joint application to become one of a dozen areas nationwide to be designated as a "manufacturing community."

Designated communities will receive preferential consideration for funding from 10 agencies including the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Administration.

The program is part of an initiative by President Barack Obama's administration to reward communities that have promising plans to attract and expand manufacturing.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says area officials hope the regional collaboration will strengthen their bid for a designation.

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Information from: Dayton Daily News, http://www.daytondailynews.com