Middletown officials have been working to diversify the future development of the airport with various aviation maintenance support components including the development of a drone school and an avionics and electronics maintenance program in collaboration with Cincinnati State, Butler Tech and Middletown City Schools. The airport is in line to receive about $750,000 in state capital improvement project funding this year to develop the Southwest Ohio Aviation Workforce Institute at the airport as the city invests in developing the prime airport property to bring in additional jobs and education opportunities.
The city has been successful in the past few years in obtaining federal and state funding for various infrastructure projects at the airport, according to Matt Eisenbraun, assistant economic development coordinator.
Those projects included the paving of taxiways, ramps and aprons as well as other pavement repair projects in 2017; runway lighting improvement projects planned for 2018; and taxi lights and runway markings planned for 2019.
In addition, the city is currently updating its airport master plan so that it can continue to receive federal funding for future projects. Eisenbraun also reported that airport’s hangars are at capacity.