COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Leaders from around Ohio have been meeting about how to make sure the state hangs on to jobs at its military bases.
They also say there are opportunities to bring more jobs to the military outposts.
Ohio is home to 63,000 military-related jobs that put $11 billion into the economy.
Political, military, and community leaders took part in a forum at Ohio State University this past week to talk about bringing more defense jobs and research money to the state.
The other big topic that came up is how to protect the bases if the federal government decides to do another round of base closings.
Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur who represents northern Ohio says military base communities need to do more promote the things that make them stand out.