The Federal Aviation Administration is expected to make a decision soon about where to open up air space for the testing of commercial drones. Southwest Ohio is competing to become one of six sites around the country as the FAA prepares to regulate the commercial drone industry by late 2015.
This afternoon in Springfield the Ohio Department of Transportation will host an open meeting aimed at helping Ohio's publicly owned airports make their dollars go farther. In 2012, the Federal Aviation Association gave nearly $26 million and ODOT provided close to $725,000 in grant to Ohio's 97 public airports.
The state agency says that money didn't address all the needs of those airports.
Springfield's Director of Economic Development, Tom Franzen, feels airports could receive even less funding in the future.
The City of Springfield is planning to sell six acres of land to the German-based company MEVA Formwork Systems for approximately $148,000. The company plans to expand its U.S. operations at its current Clark County Airpark Ohio location, and the expansion will create 15 new jobs in the next three years.
Springfield and MEVA have reached an incentive agreement which states the company will retain 35 jobs and create 15 new ones over the next three years in exchange for approximately $9,500. City officials say the new jobs will pay nearly $42,000 per year.