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  • RELEASE - Port Authority Board Authorizes Fees, Discusses Economic Development

    (Wilmington, Ohio) At its June meeting, Clinton County Port Authority Board addressed three business items and spent much of the discussion time on economic development efforts throughout Clinton County.

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  • RELEASE - Port Authority Celebrates 10+1 Anniversary

    (Wilmington, Ohio) The Clinton County Port Authority Board and staff gathered with past Board and staff members, and others recently to mark the “10 + 1” Anniversary of the donation of the Wilmington Air Park to the Clinton County Port Authority.

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  • RELEASE - Port Authority Celebrates Economic Development Week

    (Wilmington, Ohio) The Clinton County Port Authority is marking National Economic Development Week from May 9-15, 2021, to celebrate the contributions of positive economic development and discuss the role of the profession in the local community.

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  • RELEASE - Port Authority Approves Grant Insurance Renewal

    (Wilmington, Ohio) At its April meeting, the Clinton County Port Authority Board discussed the continuing need to address infrastructure at the Wilmington Air Park. To that end, it reviewed and approved an application to the Ohio Department of Transportation, Office of Aviation for projects estimated to total nearly $900,000.

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  • US cargo-focussed airports report rapid growth in 2020

    US airports with a cargo focus last year saw their freight volumes grow rapidly as consumers switched to e-commerce, according to new research by Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.

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  • RELEASE - Port Authority Celebrates #SBDC Day

    WILMINGTON, OHIO - For over 40 years the America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has helped millions of men, women, veteran, and minority entrepreneurs and other small business owners start and grow their businesses. Totaling nearly 1,000 locations across the country, SBDCs are in every community providing local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources needed to succeed. The Clinton County Port Authority is pleased to welcome James Buckner, a new Business Advisor with the Miami University SBDC (MUSBDC), to the Port Authority team.

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  • RELEASE - Port Authority Launches New Economic Development Website

    WILMINGTON, OH -- The Clinton County Port Authority (CCPA) recently launched a new website, created by Golden Shovel Agency, to further strengthen its online presence and the economic growth of the community. The new site includes county-wide data, information specifically collected for site selectors, and local business resources to serve as a one-stop-shop for companies considering new investment or expansion in Clinton County.

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  • RELEASE - Wilmington Air Park Highest Volume Cargo Airport in Ohio

    (Wilmington, Ohio) The Wilmington Air Park was ranked the highest volume airport in Ohio for cargo shipped for 12 consecutive months ended July 2020. That volume also makes it the 33rd busiest airport in the United States based on pounds of freight transiting the airport.

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  • RELEASE-Wilmington Air Park Named Best Airport in Ohio

    (Wilmington, Ohio) The Wilmington Air Park was recently named the Best Airport in Ohio by Ohio Business Magazine, in its “Best in Ohio Business” Awards. In its announcement, the magazine noted: “In this, our inaugural Best in Ohio Business Awards, we wanted to honor the many businesses and services that make Ohio such a great place to do business.”

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  • RELEASE - County Emergency Loan Fund Initiated

    (Wilmington, Ohio) The Clinton County Port Authority has launched an Emergency Loan Fund (ELF), to provide short- to mid-term loans to local businesses impacted by the pandemic. “Locally, our small businesses have worked diligently to react to the new business climate,” said Dan Evers, Clinton County Port Authority Executive Director. “This opportunity is designed to target small businesses in need of immediate funds to sustain and/or fund costs associated with re-opening or remaining open.”

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  • RELEASE - Port Authority Recognized as 2020 Best Workplace in Ohio

    (Wilmington, Ohio) Annually, Ohio Business Magazine sends out the call to organizations throughout the state of Ohio, looking for the Best Workplaces. In its fifth year of recognizing for-profit, nonprofit and government institutions, the publication selected the Clinton County Port Authority to be among the 22 entities, with fewer than 50 employees as a “Best Workplace in Ohio.”

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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.