REGIONAL AIRPORT Polivka invites other county officials to meeting
VIENNA -- Officials from seven Ohio and Pennsylvania counties have been invited to meet Thursday to discuss collaborating to make the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport take flight.
The meeting was called by Trumbull County Commissioner Dan Polivka, who says he hopes it will be the first of many.
"I want them to see what we are doing out there, and I think this will just pull all the parties together and start a discussion about it," he said.
Commissioners of Mahoning, Trumbull, Ashtabula, Geauga and Columbiana counties in Ohio and Lawrence and Mercer counties in Pennsylvania were invited to attend.
The airport is run by the Western Reserve Port Authority, which is supported by Mahoning and Trumbull counties.
Polivka said he hoped officials from the different counties could collaborate to help market flights, spur development on port authority land or promote tourism.
The other counties have a stake in the airport because of the number of jobs at the adjacent Youngstown Joint Air Force Reserve Station, he said.
As well, a thriving airport would be a convenience for everyone between Pittsburgh and Cleveland.
"It would help everybody," he said.