Premier place for manufacturing parts & engines

 The Southwest Ohio & Northern Kentucky Aerospace Region (SOAR) is one of 12 federally designated manufacturing communities by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This means, Greater Cincinnati has preferential status on a number of federal grants and a point-of-contact within the federal government to help navigate grant opportunities. This makes the Greater Cincinnati/Dayton region a center of U.S. aerospace manufacturing. SOAR can also attract new aircraft manufacturer investments and supply chains to the region. 

How did SOAR begin?
In December 2013, the U.S. Economic Development Administration, a bureau within the U.S. Department of Commerce, announced the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP). The IMCP was meant to increase manufacturing capacity and employment within 12 communities across the U.S.

REDI Cincinnati and the City of Cincinnati, along with the Dayton Development Coalition (DDC) and the City of Dayton, developed a joint application to increase collaboration, as well as provide focused support and expertise for manufacturing companies. REDI and DDC worked with the Port of Greater Cincinnati, TechSolve, Northern Kentucky Tri-ED and many others to develop and submit the joint application for a region that stretched from Northern Kentucky through Dayton. That region was named the Southwest Ohio & Northern Kentucky Aerospace Region, or SOAR. In May 2014, we were awarded the U.S. manufacturing community designation from among more than 70 applicants across the country.

The SOAR region
The SOAR is a 27-county region in Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. It includes the entire service area of both REDI Cincinnati and the Dayton Development Coalition.

Grant opportunities
As a federally designated manufacturing community, applicants from our region may receive additional consideration when applying for federal grants. Agencies participating in the IMPC include:



The U.S. Economic Development Administration continues to identify new agencies and grants participating in this program. REDI will work with you to determine if additional consideration will be provided to your grant.

For a list of federal grant opportunities, CLICK HERE.

To request consideration for IMCP designation, CLICK HERE for the form.

Early success for SOAR

Department of Labor TAACCT


  • Ohio TechLink Consortium Grant 2014: Sinclair Community College - $1,000,000 for machining certification program 
  • Ohio TechLink Consortium Grant 2014: Cincinnati State Community College - $1,000,000 for welding certification program 
  • Individual Institution Grant 2014: Cincinnati State Community College - $2,498,888 for logistics program


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