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2008 DC Fly-In
A public-private delegation visited Washington D.C. April 30 to brief Ohio's Congressional delegation on the successes and future challenges facing The Base.

Background Info
  Briefing Packet
  News Release
  Legislative Representation
  Economic Impact Fact Sheet
  2007 DC Fly-In

April 30, 2008

An 11-person delegation representing the public-private partnership that epitomizes The Base visited Washington D.C. for a day filled with meetings with key members and staff of Ohio's Congressional delegation.

The public-private contingent met with U.S. Senator Brown, Congressman Space, and Congressman Tiberi as well as presented a panel titled "There is Life After BRAC" as part of an Ohio Delegation Briefing meant to broaden knowledge of The Base among Ohio's delegation to Congress.

Like a similar visit in March 2007, the day gave a chance for Licking County to update members or, for many of their staff members, acquaint them for the first time with the Central Ohio Aerospace and Technology Center--its impact and its key workloads.

In just one day, the following were accomplished:

  • Created personal awareness by seeing two members of Congress and one of our U.S. Senators.
  • Broadened federal-level knowledge of The Base by meeting with staff of both Ohio U.S. Senators and 11 of 18 members of the Ohio Congressional delegation.
  • Got the message out in other ways through advance communications with all 20 offices on the Hill. Follow up will come as well.
  • Raised awareness of the success and challenges at The Base, including a pending FY09 federal appropriation request for security modernization.
  • Raised the profile for important community projects, including the Columbus-Pittsburgh Corridor projects.
  • Opened the door to possible future, strategic visits to The Base by members and staff.
  • The day also doubled as a "retention and expansion interview" of sorts for both the county and the city with three employers in Heath who, combined, employ nearly 800 people.
  • Plus, everyone involved got a refresher course on The Base which serves to build up the local aspect of Port Authority caucus-building efforts.

    Joining what was dubbed 2008 DC Fly-In were:

  • Tony Panella, Boeing
  • Ben Fullen, Bionetics
  • Al Bonacci, Atlantic Inertial Systems
  • Tim Bubb, Licking Co. Commissioner
  • Doug Smith, Licking Co. Commissioner
  • Mark Van Buren, Licking Co. Commissioner
  • Richard Waugh, Mayor, City of Heath
  • Cheri Hottinger, Licking Co. Chamber
  • Fred Paul, Port Authority Board of Directors
  • Bill Wright, Port Authority
  • Rick Platt, Port Authority

    The day was organized and funded by the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority as part of its caucus-building strategy aimed at increasing knowledge among federal, state, and local officials about the value and impact of the COATC. Congressman Zack Space's office assisted with many details of the day, including serving as Congressional sponsor for the Ohio Delegation Briefing.

    Base TV captured the day with a series of video clips.

    News Clips
    Base TV: Congressman Space Meeting
    Base TV: Ohio Delegation Briefing
    Heath News: Plans Set for DC Fly-In
    This Week: Officials Going to Washington
    WNKO: Fly-In 2008

    Photos from D.C. Fly-In 2008.
    Senator Brown Listens

    U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown listens during a discussion on the successes and challenges facing The Base.

    Rep. Tiberi Greets Panella

    Congressman Pat Tiberi greets Boeing's Tony Panella during a stop at the Ohio Delegation Briefing.

    Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

    Commissioner Doug Smith and Congressman Zack Space chat after one of two encounters with the 18th Congressional district representative.

    Voinovich Aide Greets Group

    Derrick Landwehr-Brown of U.S. Senator George Voinovich's office trekked over to the House side of Capitol Hill to greet the contingent.

    Mayor Reaches Out

    Heath Mayor Richard Waugh talks up the Base with Congressman Steve Chabot's legislative assistant Anna Rack.

    Ohio Delegation Briefing

    Base tenants put on a panel titled "There is Life After BRAC" reaching staff from 11 of Ohio's congressional offices.

    A Full Slate of Commissioners

    A full slate, all three county commissioners--Bubb, Smith, and Van Buren--were part of the day-long visit to DC.

    The Private Side

    Chamber President Cheri Hottinger and leaders of three Base tenants made up the private side of the public-private partnership represented in Washington.

    Homeward Bound

    The Base contingent heads for Washington's Union Station for the multi-modal return trip back to Ohio.

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