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2009 DC Fly-In
A public-private delegation flew to Washington D.C. February 12 to brief Ohio's Congressional delegation on the workforce development initiatives underway at The Base.

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  2008 DC Fly-In

February 12, 2009

A delegation representing the public-private partnership that epitomizes The Base flew, for the day, to Washington D.C. The contingent met with key members and staff of Ohio's Congressional delegation.

The focus of the visit was to discuss planned infrastructure improvements at The Base as well as brief the delegation on the various workforce development intiatives underway here. Meetings took place with Congressmen Zack Space and Steve Austria as well as staff of Senators Voinovich and Brown and Congressman Tiberi, Schmidt, and Driehaus.

This is the third year of this effort. The day gave 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.

The participants from Licking County were:

  • Mike Emmelhainz, Boeing
  • Mike Cadenhead, Bionetics
  • Al Bonacci, Atlantic Inertial Systems
  • Brad Feightner, Licking Co. Commissioner
  • Richard Waugh, Mayor, City of Heath
  • Cheri Hottinger, Licking Co. Chamber
  • Ron Sheldon, Port Authority Board
  • Tim Weisert, Port Authority Board
  • 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.

    Base TV to capture the day with a series of video clips and photos below.

    News Clips
    Port Authority Column: Thank Your Flyers
    This Week: Annual Trip
    WNKO: D.C. Fly-In
    Advocate: Local Officials

    Photos from D.C. Fly-In 2009.
    Space Greets Commissioner

    Congressman Zack Space greets Licking County Commissioner Brad Feightner.

    Delegation Meets Austria

    Congressman Steve Austria got acquainted with the Licking County contingent.

    In Rep. Tiberi's Office

    Staff for Congressman Pat Tiberi used the Congressman's office as a meeting venue.

    Crossing Capitol Hill

    The contingent found a rare 56 degree February day in Washington making the walking more bearable.

    In Senator Voinovich Office

    Senator Voinovich's portrait looms in the background in a meeting with his Washington team.

    Senator Brown Staff Listens

    Aides for Senator Brown listened to workforce development briefings and updates.

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