U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown visited the Wright Brothers Institute/444 Building in downtown Dayton on Tuesday, hailing the shared work space as an example of the kind of technology hubs that would be encouraged by an industrial policy bill the Senate overwhelmingly passed this month.

Brown and his colleagues had industrial prowess and national security in mind when they passed, by a 68-32 margin, a 2,400-page bill that would invest in emerging technologies and strive to sharpen competitiveness with China.

At the Wright Brothers Institute, engineers try to commercialize technologies devised by the Air Force Research Laboratory, headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The organization acts as a bridge between military and civilian expertise.

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