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Officials to seek help on airport goals

Published: Thu, June 16, 2011 @ 12:07 a.m.

By Ed Runyan



Western Reserve Port Authority will seek help from the Ohio Department of Development on two of the airport’s goals — bringing daily commercial air service back to the airport and encouraging industrial development on airport property.

Today, airport officials and local legislators will talk to the ODOD in Columbus to ask for help coming up with the revenue-guarantee money that will be needed to attract an airline.

Dan Dickten, the airport’s director of aviation, has said the airport needs to offer an airline $2 million per year for two years — money the airline could “draw down” in the event that offering the flights is not self-supporting at first.

Local officials such as State Rep. Sean O’Brien of Brookfield, D-65th, Eric Planey of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber, and others will participate in person or by conference call, Dickten said.

Meanwhile, Rose Ann DeLeon, executive director or the port authority, whose focus is economic development, announced at Wednesday’s port authority meeting that she hopes to apply for money through the fourth and final round of the ODOD’s Jobs Ready Site program.

The port authority would use the funding — up to $3 million — to prepare a site at the airport for use by an aviation-related or cargo business.

The program is called Jobs Ready because it involves preparing a site so that it has the water, sewer and roads it needs so a company can develop it quickly.

The CASTLO Industrial Park in Struthers was awarded a $3.5 million Jobs Ready Site grant last year to demolish a 312,000-square foot building and redevelop 66 acres, including environmental cleanup and the extension of the road and utilities.

DeLeon noted that the Jobs Ready program has not funded an aviation-related project in any of the three earlier funding rounds.

DeLeon also announced that she is working to help an unnamed Youngstown manufacturing company secure financing so it can undertake a $25 million expansion project.

The company would likely be ready to expand by the end of this year or early 2012, DeLeon said, adding that it is not known how many jobs would be created.

Dickten also announced he expects Allegiant Air, which offers flights to leisure destinations Orlando, St. Petersburg and Myrtle Beach, to add another destination in the coming months.

Dickten said he expects that location to be either Punta Gorda, about 12 miles north of Fort Myers, or Fort Lauderdale. An announcement is likely this summer, and service is likely to begin in November, Dickten said.

The port authority also approved a media policy and public-records request policy.

The media policy assigns the board chairman the duty of giving information to the media in “an effort to provide an accurate and cohesive message.”

Comments given by other board members should include an acknowledgment that “their opinion is their own and not that of the authority.”

The port authority’s attorney is designated as the person who will fill requests for public records.

At a special meeting last week, the authority hired Atty. Charles Richards of Warren to respond to a public-records request filed by the Ohio Ethics Commission in connection with an investigation it is conducting of a ground lease approved by the port authority in 2009. Richards will be paid up to $5,000.


1valleyred(1103 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

We would love to see PGD offered from YNG! Flights from CAK, CLE, PIT down to Ft. Myer's always seem to be full when I've flown down there!

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2TAXEDOFF(118 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

What happened to being a Republican TEA BAGGER against all wasteful government spending??

I guess tjat goes out the window when that WASTEFUL spending benefits you.

As for hiring Richards he's the same guy who Ed Flask hired at the MVSD at the time to try and DITCH the Ethics Committee investigation of his thievery.

Richards is famous for his tactics of Delay, Distract and Deny.

The public is well aware of the airport being a BLACK HOLE OF TAX MONEY that is only meant to make profits for Chamber which owns significant land out there.

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3cinlou713(1 comment)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

The yo. airport story makes me upset because i have always been the type of person that likes to use local business' and i want to see them succeed. Well i always try to use the yo. airport when possible. On May 1, i was returning from a junket from Atlantic city with my father (he is 84) and his wife, our plane landed about 9:30 p.m. and we proceded to leave the plane and get our luggage and get home, as we were all exhausted. When we arrived at the parking lot and realized our car would not start, the battery was dead. I went to the people that operated the junket, aswell as a few men that had been on the flight with us but to no avail received no help. I went into the terminal asking a young man behind the counter if they could help us, he ask another young man and they both explained that they had no way to jump our car. The maintence garage was closed and the security was gone so one man offerd to call AAA for me and i informed him we were not members but he said he was, so the other man called Vienna police and they of course did not answer because it was sunday nite. When i commented it's a good thing we don't need a police officer i was told "that's what happens out here in the sticks!:" Finally AAA offered to send a tow truck and asked for my member # when i said "I m not a member" the lady asked to talk to the young man behind the counter and i heard him say "they can't use my member # i don't even know her!" well by now i was getting very upset, it was almost 10:30 and everyone was leaving so when an older man came to ask was going on i informed him and he informed me he could not help because they had to "close the terminal" so i went back out the Parking Lot (no security, bad lighting, and of course no secure fencing) as we stood and watched all the men get in their cars and go home!! finally my father got his insurance company on the cellphone and they offered to send a tow truck. We waited until 11:45 and of course 2 tow trucks showed up to help (we landed at 9:30). The tow truck drivers were wonderful the one from miller's in liberity(?) sat on the side lines(from AAA) to make sure the car started while the driver from my father's insurance co.(tow truck from Girard) got the car started.
Do i recommend Yo. airport now? No way. We were charged $18.00 for parking and it sure was not secure!!! Thank God this story had a happy ending but i will tell you if my son, grandson or whoever just walked away from an elderly couple and a woman with car trouble, in the middle of nowhere at night in a VERY DARK AND LONELY PARKING LOT "IN THE STICKS" i would like to know why? I did call the airport and talked to a woman she took all my personal info and my story and i have yet to hear from anyone at Yo. airport. Would i like to see the airport do better and get more flights? Yes BUT not until they get better security!!!!!!!

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4300(573 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

What does security have to do with the fact that it took your father well over an hour to bother to call his insurance company?

I'm all for helping others, but it sounded like you wanted everyone else to do all the work while you and your parents just sat there and watched. How hard was it to pull out a cell phone and call the insurance company? That's what it's there for.

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5AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

If you paid $18.00 for parking, CLE or PIT would be much higher. And the secure part or lack there of you are claiming would be the same.

Security and car maintenance are two completely different situations. It sounds to me you were upset that no one helped you with your battery, but for some reason you make it a security issue.

Call you insurance and tow truck in a timly manner and you vehicle would have been started much sooner.

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6valleyred(1103 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

To my good ole buddy TAXEDOFF, we've gone over this before and I guess I have to go over it again. I don't have to be a Democrat to support the airport like you continually try to paint on this website. Furthermore, guess what those funds would go towards, economic development at the airport. People would be hired to work for Delta, businesses at the airport such as Mikeees Restaurant would stand to benefit, and down the road the Mahoning Valley itself would stand to benefit with having Delta in town. Remember if we capture 30% of the local fliers leaving Pittsburgh, that is $1.5 million back in the Ohio economy and not in the hands of the Pennsylvania economy.

To CinLou, was it necessary to join this website to post one comment: blaming the airport for something that it should not be blamed for? First off, $18 is cheap compared to CAK-CLE-PIT. It is $6 per day and you should have known that going in. Secondly, how could you feel unsafe in that parking lot? Vienna is a safe community and the airport is away from most residents in the community. Thirdly, the problem would have been solved as the two individuals before me eluded to, by calling your insurance company up and getting a tow truck.

The future is looking brighter each month at YNG!

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7VindyPost(436 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago


***Mr. Dan Dickten has his eyes wide open for a promising and prosperous future at the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport!

***This plan is absolutely an economical boost that will certainly thrive---It's called DEVELOPMENT! Very encouraging...It will create jobs...it will promote many enhancements.

***Thank-you Mr. Dickten for your expertise and ambition concerning this project.

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8ladiesrule(18 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Whatever happened with John Boccieri getting Continental Airlines to use the airport as it's maintenance center? If I remember it was the close location to the hub in Cleveland and the amount of space available vs New Jersey?

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9valleyred(1103 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

Continental merged into United and I am not quite sure United is going to keep such a massive presence at CLE.

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