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D.C. Fly-In - June 20-21, 2018

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Be a part of the Valley’s inaugural D.C. Fly-In to promote an exchange of ideas between federal officials and our Valley’s leaders to ensure that our voice is loud and clear in the nation’s capital.

The trip will feature meetings and discussions with White House advisors, senior officials from cabinet-level departments, Congressional members and their staffs, as well as valuable networking opportunities — all designed for Valley leaders to advance important issues that impact economic development and quality of life in Mahoning and Trumbull counties.





Importance of Fly-In Magnified

by Leslie Davis | May 09, 2018
As threats to the Youngstown Air Reserve Station continue to mount, the importance of the Mahoning Valley’s inaugural D.C. Fly-in magnifies.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry has proposed giving the Department of Defense the power to close small military installations. Eastern Ohio Military Affairs Commission Director Vito Abruzzino views that as a serious threat to the local station, which is one of the Valley’s biggest economic engines.

“This first point of Congressman Thornberry’s proposal, 'closing smaller facilities' could be devastating to places like Youngstown Air Reserve Station,” Abruzzino said.

“Small” by DoD standards, the station pumps nearly $100 million per year into the Valley economy. Protecting YARS will be a focal point during the fly-in June 20-21. The Regional Chamber has arranged for those participating to have meetings with military brass, high level White House officials, and the Valley’s congressional delegation.

“It’s our opportunity to protect the air station,” Regional Chamber Vice President of Government Affairs Guy Coviello said.

Coviello pointed out that last month government, business and community leaders from Dayton and Columbus held fly-ins to stomp for their respective military assets. In early June, a Cleveland fly-in will focus on protecting jobs at NASA Glenn Research Center and the Defense Finance and Accounting Services center.

The Reginal Chamber is organizing the Fly-In to help the Valley better compete with the three Cs – Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati – and other metropolitan areas that have been engaged with these kinds of capital days for years.
Attracting a missile defense site to Camp Ravenna and revitalizing the Mahoning River from end to end will be additional focal points for the Valley contingent.

In between the policy meetings with federal officials, participants will have a dinner with keynote speaker Rick Ungar and a luncheon with keynote speaker Hugh Hewitt. Ungar is the co-host of the Steele & Ungar Show with two million listeners per week on the SiriusXM POTUS channel. Hewitt has two million listeners per day on the nationally syndicated Hugh Hewitt Show. Both are Valley natives.


Rick-UngarRick Ungar is the co-host of the popular daily radio program “Steele & Ungar” on the Sirius XM POTUS channel. He also serves as the senior contributor on politics and health care policy at and is a frequent political analyst on Fox News. Ungar has also appeared as a cast member on “Forbes on Fox” along with frequent guest appearances on other news and political television programs.


hewitt-450x450Conservative radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt is a Warren, Ohio, native. He worked as a ghost writer for Richard Nixon and held several posts in the Reagan administration. He has offered commentary on shows such as “The Dennis Miller Show,” “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” “Larry King Live,” “The O’Reilly Factor” and “The Today Show.” He currently hosts the syndicated talk radio show, “The Hugh Hewitt Show,” which airs on more than 75 stations nationwide.



Guests will stay at the Hyatt House Washington D.C./The Wharf. Hyatt House Washington DC / The Wharf overlooks the Potomac River in southwest D.C.’s Wharf neighborhood, a vibrant area moments from the National Mall. Formerly a sleepy waterfront neighborhood, the Wharf now hums with activity—trendy restaurants and eclectic boutiques sit side by side, tucked into revamped brick buildings. Stroll the European-inspired cobblestone promenade along the Potomac, and enjoy a first-rate view of the Tidal Basin. Water Taxis can whisk you to other D.C. hot spots including Nationals Park, as well as neighborhoods like Georgetown and Alexandria.



$750 • Includes the slate of Fly-In activities: keynote speakers, meals, receptions, open bars and ground transportation. You are responsible for travel and accommodations.
$2,000 • Includes all of the above plus air transportation on a private jet departing from the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport and overnight accommodations at the Hyatt House Washington D.C./The Wharf.

If you are interested in staying in the hotel on June 19 or June 21, you must call / email Mary Beth Wyko to make that reservation. Rooms on these dates are subject to availability.


Gold • $5,000
• Includes full slate of activities, accommodations at Hyatt House Washington, D.C. and transportation via private plane.
• Recognition on all marketing materials, signage, etc. for all activities.
• Opportunity to give welcoming remarks during keynote presentations, as well as during other activities throughout.

Silver • $2,500
 (Two available)
• Includes full slate of activities and accommodations at Hyatt House Washington, D.C.
• Sponsorship of one of two keynote speakers and introduction of speaker during keynote presentation.
• Recognition on marketing materials plus signage for keynote presentations.

Bronze • $1,500
(10 available)
• Includes full slate of activities.
• Naming rights of one of 10 activities (first come, first served).
• Recognition on marketing materials and signage for chosen activity.

To learn more about these opportunities or for more information about the event, contact Guy Coviello at (330) 744-2131, ext. 1106 or