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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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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
Brian Smith
John Settlemyre
Jim West