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  • RELEASE - Port Authority Announces T. Alex Beres as New Executive Director

    Wilmington, Ohio – The Board of Directors of the Clinton County Port Authority announced today that T. Alex Beres has been selected to be the new Executive Director. A seasoned public official with significant economic development background, Beres brings a wealth of management experience to the Port Authority to continue its work in Clinton County.

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  • RELEASE - Port Authority Prepares for 2023

    (Wilmington, Ohio) The Clinton County Port Authority Board of Directors held its final regularly scheduled meeting of 2022 recently.

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  • RELEASE - Workforce Collaborative Presents at National Conference

    (Wilmington, Ohio) Members of the Clinton County Workforce Collaborative recently presented at “Dream Forward: Imagine the Future of Education,” the 2022 national conference of the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • RELEASE - Wilmington Air Park Named Best Airport in Ohio 2022

    (Wilmington, Ohio) The Wilmington Air Park has been recognized as the Best Airport in Ohio for the third year in a row by Ohio Business Magazine in its “Best in Ohio Business” Awards.

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  • RELEASE - Port Authority Recognized as 2022 Best Workplace in Ohio

    (Wilmington, Ohio) For the third year in a row, the Clinton County Port Authority has been selected by Ohio Business Magazine as a “Best Workplace in Ohio.”

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  • Release – WILMINGTON DRIVE PROGRAM LAUNCHES Collaborative Effort Initiated to Facilitate Downtown Development

    (Wilmington, Ohio) A new economic development initiative – the Wilmington DRIVE (Downtown Revitalization Investment Vibrancy Effort) is being put in place to advance downtown Wilmington redevelopment opportunities.

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  • LGSTX Services Named Airport Business of the Year

    WILMINGTON, Ohio – August 26, 2021 – LGSTX Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ATSG), was named 2021 Airport Business of the Year yesterday at the Ohio Aviation Association (OAA) Annual Conference. The award recognizes a business with a mission, services, and goals that result in a positive impact on a community, workforce, and local airport.

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  • RELEASE - Port Authority Celebrates Award-Winning SBDC Member

    (Wilmington, Ohio) The Clinton County Port Authority is pleased to congratulate David Riggs, Director of the SBDC at Miami Regionals, for being named Ohio’s SBDC State Star in 2021.

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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
Brian Smith – Secretary/Treasurer
Bob Ferguson
Renee LaPine
John Settlemyre
Jim West