Chamber Seeks Support for Missile Defense Site

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber’s Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission is encouraging community stakeholders to submit letters of support for a proposal to bring a large Eastern States Missile Defense site to Ravenna.

Camp Ravenna Joint Military Center, which straddles Trumbull and Portage counties, is one of three finalists being considered for the project. The other two are in Michigan and New York.

The project has the potential to create an enormous economic impact in the region — projected billions of initial construction investment — with potential long-term positive impact on site and at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station as an ancillary site for materials transportation, said John Rossi, president of the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber Foundation.

The Military Affairs Commission, along with other state military support organizations, are encouraging community stakeholders to submit letters of support for this project. A sample letter follows:

Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp.
Attn: MDA CIS EIS 6800 W. 115th St., Suite 2200
Overland Park, Kansas 66211-2420

RE: Letter of Support for East Coast Missile Defense Site: Camp Ravenna Ohio Joint Military Training Center

Dear Sir or Madam:

Please be advised that the undersigned appreciates the consideration of the Camp Ravenna Ohio Joint Military Training Center as a potential site for the East Coast Missile Defense Site. Northeast Ohio has a strong history of supporting military operational excellence and is home to significant numbers of active personnel and proud Veterans. Further, this project represents an opportunity for an incredible capital investment with long term impact for a region that continues to evolve economically from an industrial legacy.

We applaud your detailed analysis and support this site in furtherance of national defense.



To submit via email, send to

Copyright 2024 The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.