Local leaders hope government chooses Ravenna location as missile defense site

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A missile defense shield could be getting built right in our backyards — at Camp Garfield in Ravenna.

It’s one of three sites in the running to host the system.

Wednesday, the Youngstown-Warren Regional Chamber held a meeting to talk about that possibility.

More than 100 local and state leaders, along with some of our neighbors were there.

Missile Defense expert Riki Ellison spoke.

He explained how a missile defense system works. He also talked about the impact it would have on the Valley if Camp Garfield were chosen.

One big push was the boost this project would bring to the local economy. 

“Mr. Ellison, when he spoke today, he said there would be 1,600 construction jobs, and we would quite frankly love to participate. We have a lot of great contractors who I’m sure would love to bid this work,” said Brian Collier, field representative for the local bricklayers union.

It was suggested that one of the sites has already been chosen by the government.

Ellison said now they need community backing and pressure on the government to get the site announced.

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