Clinton County Port Authority hires development director

Aircraft and Powerplant mechanic Scott Yancey inspects the intake area of a GE CF-6 engine mounted on a Boeing 767-200 for Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services at the Wilmington Air Park in this 2015 file photo.
Aircraft and Powerplant mechanic Scott Yancey inspects the intake area of a GE CF-6 engine mounted on a Boeing 767-200 for Airborne Maintenance and Engineering Services at the Wilmington Air Park in this 2015 file photo.

The Clinton County Port Authority has hired Jennifer Ekey as its economic development director, the organization recently announced.

“Jennifer is a recognized leader in economic development, regionally and throughout the state,” Port Authority Executive Director Dan Evers said in a release. “Adding her to the Port Authority team in support of the economic development program will significantly enhance our ability to deliver the highest quality economic development services to existing and prospective businesses.”

Ekey comes to the Port Authority from Middletown city government, where she has served as the city’s development director since 2016. She was responsible for management of the community’s planning and zoning, communication and economic development activities.

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“I’m honored and excited to be given this opportunity,” Ekey said. “Clinton County has so many exciting assets and opportunities. I look forward to joining the Port Authority team and building an economic development program that leverages our assets and creates opportunity.”

Jennifer Ekey
Jennifer Ekey

Named by the Ohio Economic Development Association as the 2019 “economic development professional of the year,” Ekey has been working in development since 1995, serving the communities of Hamilton and Harrison prior to her position in Middletown.

Since 2010, the Port Authority has owned Wilmington Air Park. It operates and manages more than 1,900 acres surrounding a two-runway airport, with nearly 3 million square feet of office, warehouse and hangar space.