Clinton County Port Authority

Clinton County Port Authority

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.

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.


Contact the Clinton County Port Authority


Dan Evers Beth Huber
Executive Director
Clinton County Port Authority
Wilmington Air Park
1113 Airport Rd.
Wilmington, Ohio 45177
(937) 655-7007
Associate Director
Clinton County Port Authority
Wilmington Air Park
1113 Airport Rd.
Wilmington, Ohio 45177
(937) 655-7040


Redevelopment Study

In 2011, the CCPA — working with the Economic Task Force/Redevelopment Subcommittee — completed a Redevelopment Study led by Jones Lang LaSalle and teams from Landrum & Brown, Unison Consulting, Woolpert and Vandercar to explore redevelopment options for the Wilmington Air Park.  This study process involved regional and national research as well as local interaction to uncover the best markets for growth at the Air Park. The overarching goals of the plan were to 1) identify potential economic development opportunities at the property and 2) provide a series of recommended actions that will enable the CCPA to capitalize on the economic development opportunities.   The project was funded by the Ohio Department of Development and the US Economic Development Agency.



Today the Clinton County Port Authority operates the Wilmington Air Park as a fully functional airport and the ongoing home to companies that have been here for the last 30 years. Lease revenues cover the costs to maintain the land side of the airport and the CCPA is currently in discussions with the FAA to gain NPIAS funds to support the air side upkeep and improvements that are necessary for a Part 139 airport. During the transition from DHL to the Clinton County Port Authority the Wilmington Air Park never went dark. Approximately 750 employees currently arrive for work daily.



A Revolving Loan Fund grant for $1.3 million was a joint effort of the Ohio Department of Development, the US Economic Development Agency, the CCPA and Clinton County.  The Clinton County Port Authority is the lead agent for the Revolving Loan Fund and is in the process of obtaining EDA approval for the program guidelines.  The funds will be available in late 2012 to support business growth in the County.


Wilmington Air Park

The Wilmington Air Park compasses over 1,900 acres with a fully functioning airport, three million square feet of office, warehouse and hanger space.  The Wilmington Air Park operates two runways, (9,000’ and 10,701’) each with a CAT III instrument landing system which can accommodate full instrument approach for many of the largest aircraft made today. The Wilmington Air Park is home to airlines, maintenance and repair operations, as well as aerospace development.

This tremendous facility provides unparalleled flexibility in landing schedules, plentiful aprons, on-site aircraft maintenance, a Foreign Trade Zone Designation and a variety of economic incentive programs.



The CCPA has retained Jones Lang LaSalle’s commercial real estate division to market and promote the Wilmington Air Park, as well as lease available office and warehouse space.


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

The Clinton County Port Authority is governed by an all-volunteer board appointed by the Clinton County Commissioners. The Board members of the CCPA serve four-year terms.  Regular meetings of the Clinton County Port Authority are held on the second Thursday of each month at the Wilmington Air Park at 9 a.m.

  • Walt Rowsey – Chair
  • Brian Smith – Vice Chair
  • Larry Laake – Fiscal Officer/Secretary
  • Beth Ellis
  • Renee LaPine
  • Brent Probasco
  • Richard Thompson