Airbus Looks to Add to Its Ohio Suppliers U.S. Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown and Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor announced the formalization of a partnership between Airbus and Ohio suppliers aimed at growing the state’s aerospace industry. Airbus is the European aircraft builder headquartered in France that gets about 45% of its components from companies in the United States. Last year, Airbus spent $3.96 billion procuring components from Ohio entities, ranking the state first for Airbus spending in the United States. According to the Ohio Aerospace Institute, more than 1,200 Ohio companies do business with the aerospace industry. Two local suppliers to Airbus are The Timken Company and RTI International. Brown and McArtor announced that they will be co-hosting two procurement conferences in Ohio. The conferences, which are aimed at growing the state’s aerospace industry by identifying new contract opportunities, will enable Ohio companies to meet one-on-one with representatives from Airbus. The first conference will be held on Monday, December 7, 2009, at the Ohio Aerospace Institute in Cleveland. We are encouraging Stark County manufacturers that make aerospace components to register for the Cleveland conference in early November at To read more about the Airbus partnership with Ohio suppliers, click here for this Plain Dealer article.

Stark County’s College Enrollment Increases at Twice the State Rate Since 2000 – The number of Stark County residents of all ages pursuing college degrees has increased nearly 50% since 2000, more than doubling the percentage growth for the state of Ohio during the same period. Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau’s “2008 American Community Survey” released the end of September show that an estimated 24,763 Stark County residents of all ages are actively pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees. The number represents a 48.3% increase over 2000 figures, while overall growth in the State of Ohio has been 22.4%. To read about the college enrollment rise, click here for the Stark Education Partnership article. Following are the fall 2009 enrollments for the colleges in Stark County:

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  Kent State University-Stark 4,414  
  Malone University 2,638  
  Mount Union College 2,205  
  Stark State College 12,483  
  Walsh University 2,935  


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