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  • RELEASE - Port Authority Partners with SBDC

    (Wilmington, Ohio) The Clinton County Port Authority is partnering with Ohio’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program to bring advisor Sangmi Kim to Clinton County weekly through the end of the year.

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  • RELEASE - Port Authority Authorizes Repairs Equipment Purchases

    “We are still meeting virtually, using the Zoom platform,” said Executive Director Dan Evers. “We are working to balance the safety and gathering in larger numbers and this is still the best option for us.” At the meeting, the Board reviewed four pieces of legislation.

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    (WILMINGTON, OHIO) Around the country, aircraft are being temporarily parked as demand for passenger air travel decreases. The Wilmington Air Park, as a facility that can accommodate large aircraft arrivals and departures, is able to offer temporary space for parking of those aircraft.

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  • RELEASE - Air Park Receives FY20 ODOT Grant Award Notice

    (WILMINGTON, OHIO) The Clinton County Port Authority (Port Authority) received a Notice of Project Approval (NPA) indicating that it has successfully secured grant funds from the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) FY2020 Ohio Airport Grant Program. These funds will be leveraged with Port Authority funds to complete repairs of concrete infrastructure on Taxiway A and Taxiway C, as well as replace lighted signs along Runway 22R/4L.

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  • OEDA Awards - Best Project - Clinton County Port Authority Final (R)

    WILMINGTON, OH, OCTOBER 14, 2019: The Ohio Economic Development Association (OEDA) presented its Annual Excellence Awards at its 2019 Annual Summit, held at the Embassy Suites Columbus-Dublin.

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    (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, 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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  • Port Authority Distributes Small Business Safety Toolkits

    (Wilmington, Ohio) Partnering with JobsOhio and the Dayton Development Coalition (DDC), the Clinton County Port Authority received 125 Small Business Safety Toolkits to distribute throughout the community.

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Businesses in the Ohio Aerospace Region Benefit from Highly Skilled Students from Local Universities


In the Clinton County region, businesses have access to a plentiful, highly skilled workforce. Ohio is the home to world-class public and private universities and research institutions.  There are 194 institutions of higher education in Ohio, more than any other state on a per capital basis and there are 95,000 degrees conferred each year to associates, bachelor, and graduate students. Ohio ranks 4th in integrating technology into its education system, according to the State New Economy Index. 

Wilmington College (


Wilmington College has graduated liberally educated professionals since its founding by local Quakers  in 1870. It hosts 1,100 students at its main campus in Wilmington and another 400 in two Cincinnati degree completion programs at Blue Ash and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Most popular main campus majors include education, athletic training, agriculture and business administration/economics. The College competes in 21 sports as a member of NCAA D-III and the Ohio Athletic Conference. WC consistently ranks in the top tier of U.S. News & World Report's Midwestern Regional Liberal Arts Colleges.


Southern State Community College (

Southern State is a two-year community college that serves the diverse needs of its constituents. In addition to offering Associate degrees in both technical as well and transfer programs, the College offers a wide array of adult workforce programs.
Southern Sate is accredited by the Commission on Institution of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

University of Cincinnati (

University of Cincinnati is an Ohio public university with an enrollment of 42,000 students and is the second largest university in the University System of Ohio.  The Princeton Review ranks UC as one of the top public universities in the United State.  UC offers 308 fields of study with a 15 to 1 student/faculty ratio. UC garners nearly $550 million per annum in research funding and ranks 22nd among national universities. With an economic impact of over $3.5 billion per year, it is the largest single employer in Cincinnati.

University of Dayton (

The University is a private catholic university located in the heart of Dayton, Ohio. Student enrollment is approximately 11,000.

The research arm of University of Dayton’s (UDRI) employs over 400 engineers. UDRI has conducted over $1 billion in research. In Ohio, UDRI is the top non-profit institution that receives contracts from the Department of Defense. In 2010, GE Electric the construction of a new $51 million research facility on the University of Dayton campus. The Center will be used for the collaboration between University Researchers and GE to create new electrical power technologies.

The Entrepreneur Program is ranked #4 in the country by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur Magazine. The Engineering Program Graduate program ranks first among all Catholic Universities. UD is #1 among Catholic Universities in non-medical research and #2 in materials research funding. 

Wright State University (

Wright State University is a public university with an enrollment of 19,000 students. Located just outside of Dayton, Ohio, it is less than 45 minutes from the Wilmington Air Park. Wright State offers 91 baccalaureate degrees and 76 graduate degrees.