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  • WILMINGTON INCLUDED IN TOP MICROPOLITANS

    (Wilmington, Ohio) Clinton County was recently recognized as one of the “Top 100 Micropolitans” in the U.S., according to a ranking by Site Selection magazine. This trade publication annually ranks states and regions on their success in securing projects that result in new investment and job creation opportunities.

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  • Economic Development and Workforce Leaders Meet with Dayton Development Coalition

    PORT AUTHORITY HOSTS REGIONAL MEETING (WILMINGTON, OHIO) The Clinton County Port Authority (Port Authority) hosted the first quarterly meeting for the Dayton Development Coalition’s (DDC) region, bringing together Economic Development leaders from the 14-county region. Joining them were representatives from several of the region’s Workforce Development offices, colleges, and other workforce development professionals.

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  • WILMINGTON AIR PARK CERTIFIED PART 139 BY FAA

    WILMINGTON, OH – APRIL 17, 2018 – The Wilmington Air Park has once again earned its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 139 Certification, affirming that the airport facilities, infrastructure, staffing, and operations protocols are on par with other large airports around the country.

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  • Wilmington Air Park poised for redevelopment

    A $3.7 million construction project for a new complex at a Clinton County air park is being proposed as part of a multi-phase initiative to redevelop the area for present and future use.

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  • Richard Thompson Retires from the Clinton County Port Authority Board; John Settlemyre, Brian Smith Appointed

    The September 14, 2017, meeting of the Clinton County Port Authority Board of Directors saw the end of an era, with the retirement of Richard Thompson from the Board. Thompson was appointed to the Port Authority Board in 2004, when the Port Authority was formed by the Clinton County Board of Commissioners.

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  • Wilmington Air Park Certified Part 139 by FAA

    WILMINGTON, OH – MAY 12, 2017 – The Wilmington Air Park has once again earned its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Part 139 Certification, recognizing that the airport facilities, staffing, operations and infrastructure are on par with other large airports around the country.

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  • The University of Akron and Airborne Project on Pathway to FAA Certification

    The Wilmington Air Park is proud to be the home of a partnership to add value and safety to the aviation industry through applied technology. Air Park tenant Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services, along with the University of Akron, welcomed several guests for the ribbon cutting on its new Supersonic Particle Deposition Booth. The process employs a supersonic jet of an expanded gas containing metal particles to bond with a solid surface on impact. It is part of a pilot program funded by the State of Ohio and including partners NCERCAMP (University of Akron), SAFE Engineering, US Technology Corporation and Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services.

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  • WILMINGTON AIR PARK WELCOMES NEW TENANT - Schuerger Law Offices to operate Call Center

    WILMINGTON, OH – FEBRUARY 22, 2017 – The Wilmington Air Park recently added another new tenant, bringing a new employer and new job opportunities to the community. The Law Offices of Robert A. Schuerger Co., LPA has leased 4,400 square feet of office space in the Air Park’s Administration Building. The space will house both legal services and a call center operation for the law firm. The lease term is approximately five years, with a five-year renewal option.

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  • Wilmington Air Park Now Certified at Cat III

    Wilmington, Ohio – October 4, 2016 – The most recent runway in the United States to be Certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as Category III is located at the Wilmington Air Park. The Clinton County Port Authority and LGSTX Services, Inc. received word from the FAA that the Instrument Landing System (ILS) on Runway 22R has been officially certified at Category III/E/3.

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  • Clinton County Receives Brownfields Grant

    Wilmington, Ohio – May 20, 2016 – The Clinton County Port Authority and the Clinton County Regional Planning Commission received word this week that the Port Authority has received a $200,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA).

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  • FAA Authorization Propels UC's UAV Work Skyward

    The high-flying endeavors in unmanned aerial vehicle testing and research at the University of Cincinnati just got a new lift from the Federal Aviation Administration. This week the FAA granted UC's Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering certificates of authorization (COA) to test five types of UAVs, or drones, in Wilmington Air Park, less than an hour's drive from campus. Permission to also fly with the West Virginia Division of Forestry is still pending.

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  • Site Selection Names Wilmington Ohio in Top Ten U.S. Micropolitans

    Site Selection Magazine recently announced the awards given to this years top Metropolitans and Micropolitans in the U.S. In the magazines ranking of Top Micropolitans cities of 10,000 to 50,000 people Wilmington, Ohio was named number on the Micropolitan list.

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Clinton County Port Authority Improving Aviation Manufacturing & Helping Economic Development in the Region

 

The Clinton County Port Authority (CCPA) was established in 2004 by the Clinton County Commissioners. The CCPA is a special purpose government formed to operate transportation infrastructure and lead economic development efforts. A primary function of the Clinton County Port Authority is the creation and retention of jobs in Wilmington and Clinton County.  

 
In 2009, the Wilmington Air Park’s owner, DHL, relocated its ground distribution services. With the assistance of the City of Wilmington, Clinton County and the State of Ohio, the CCPA became the new owners of the Wilmington Air Park in 2010.  Approximately 1,500 acres were donated. Subsequently, the CCPA purchased available adjacent land to bring the total land to 1,900 acres surrounding a two-runway, fully functioning airport with almost three million square feet of leasable space. Today the CCPA manages the Wilmington Air Park working with regulatory agencies, development agencies and the community to bring economic growth to the county. 
 

 

About Port Authorities

A special government designation in the State of Ohio, Port Authorities can own land, operate shipping terminals, airports and railroads.  Authorized purposes include activities that enhance foster, aid, provide and promote transportation, economic development, housing, recreation, education, governmental operations, culture and research. Once created, Port Authorities may act and operate independently of the authorities that created them.
The legal powers of port authorities are useful in serving the public interest for economic development.  Under the Ohio Revised Code Section 4582, port authorities have powers in the areas of real estate development, financing and management of foreign trade zones.  Unlike a city or county, they can buy land and construct a building that could be leased or sold to a private business.  Port Authorities combine the public power of a city or county with business and financial tools for the benefit of communities and to create jobs through economic development.

 

The Clinton County Port Authority is governed by an all-volunteer board appointed by the Clinton County Commissioners.  The Board members of the Clinton County Port Authority serve three-year terms. Also a joint effort of the Ohio Department of Development and the US Economic Agency, the Clinton County Port Authority and Clinton County were issued $1.3 million to fund a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF). The Clinton County Port Authority as lead agent for the RLF. 
 
Regular meetings of the Clinton County Port Authority are held on the second Thursday of each month at the Air Park at 9 a.m. (unless otherwise publicized). Proper ID is required to gain access to the Air Park.
 
Board Members include:
 

Walt Rowsey – Chair
Beth Ellis – Vice Chair
Larry Laake – Secretary/Treasurer
Renee LaPine
Brent Probasco
John Settlemyre
Brian Smith