Tim Rudell

Northeast Ohio is second among the nation’s largest metro areas in the percentage of its workforce employed in headquarters jobs. That’s according to an economic development organization focused on job creation in the region.

This week Akron-Canton Airport’s long-time CEO introduced the person who will succeed him when he retires .  Rick McQueen and Ren Camacho sat down together and talked about what northeast Ohio's second largest full-service airport has been, and what it can become.

This week the Akron-Canton Airport introduced a new CEO and announced the groundbreaking for a $32 million expansion. The construction for the project is to begin Aug. 28.  

Renato “Ren” Camacho will take over for retiring Akron-Canton CEO Richard McQueen in October.

He said the construction for the airport's expansion is a concourse upgrade and another step in an ongoing master plan to make the Akron-Canton Airport stronger in key operating areas. 

The Ohio Aviation Association wants the state to help the economic future of Ohio’s airports. It is presenting government and business leaders with a five-point action plan. The organization’s executive director talked Tuesday about item No. 2 on the list.

Stacy Heaton said it is urgent that the state help bring aviation training schools together with airports. 

She said that can help stem a decades-long loss of interest in becoming a pilot or aviation mechanic that now has too few young people coming into the field.

John Glenn International Airport

John-Glenn Columbus International Airport, Cleveland Hopkins, Akron-Canton and all of Ohio’s commercial airports are at a disadvantage in attracting new airline services. That’s according to the Ohio Aviation Association, which wants the state of Ohio to help change things. 

Cleveland Hopkins, Akron-Canton and all of Ohio’s commercial airports are at a disadvantage in attracting new airline services. That’s according to the Ohio Aviation Association, which wants the state of Ohio to help change things. 

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan spoke at a news conference Friday about plans to transform the old Fulton Municipal Airport into an economic development driver.  

Horrigan wants the airport to be a location magnet for businesses that need frequent and flexible air travel. He said they will bring jobs, and word of their moving here will stimulate more development. 

It's been a busy week for Congress on issues impacting Ohio, from national security to the environment.  Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown spoke with WKSU about what lawmakers accomplished.

National security legislation and Ohio

Brown talked about the new National Defense Authorization Bill.  It deals directly with key national security issues, and authorizations for defense programs and installations. 

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan says he doesn’t need City Council’s approval to get an issue on the November ballot that could lead to changing Akron’s primary election day.

Horrigan wants to move the city’s primary to May, for cost efficiency and to make getting absentee ballots ready for November easier.

But that means changing the city charter. Horrigan asked council to approve a charter amendment to be put on the ballot, but some Council members opposed the idea.

A 600 mile long algae bloom on the Ohio River in 2015.
Jeff Reutter / Ohio Sea Grant via Flickr

Nearly $600,000 in federal grant money is on its way to improve the early warning system for algal blooms in Lake Erie. The funding will be used to upgrade data gathering and public access to what’s learned.

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