Akron-Canton Airport Shares Master Plan Update and Economic Impact with Community – On August 15, the Akron-Canton Airport (CAK) updated elected officials and community leaders about the airport’s Master Plan, Sustainability Study and Part 150 Noise Study. The airport also unveiled the exciting results of the recently completed Economic Impact Study. As mandated by the Federal Aviation Administration, CAK commenced the master plan process in 2011. The comprehensive study of all airport capabilities and future needs will help chart a 20-year course for CAK. The airport shared its progress on existing projects and potential capital improvements for the future based on different passenger/aircraft growth estimates. Improvements focused on the airfield, terminal building and parking lots. Potential projects include expanding and updating baggage claim, replacing the existing “Y” gates and reconfiguring multiple taxiways. CAK plans to complete the master plan and submit it to the FAA by the end of 2014. Final approval is expected in 2015. In addition to the progress being made on the master plan, airport officials revealed the findings of the recently completed economic impact study. The study area included Summit, Stark, Portage, Medina, Carroll and Wayne counties. The total yearly economic impact for the region was $502.3 million, an increase of 21 percent compared to 2008. The airport impacts in the creation of 3,086 jobs: 1,821 direct jobs, 398 indirect and 867 induced. To learn more about the impact study and the master plan, click on this CAK press release.

Stark State Opens Well Site Training Center in Downtown Canton – Phase 1 of Stark State College’s expansion in downtown Canton was revealed August 21 with the opening of the $2.3 million Well Site Training Center at the corner of Third Street SE and Cherry Avenue. The 7,000-square-foot site will focus on developing the workforce needs of the growing oil and gas industry in the region, according to Dr. Para M. Jones, president of Stark State College. “This facility showcases our mission of creating public/private partnerships to provide students with state-of-art education and training and prepare the workforce needed by business and industry in the region,” said Jones. The training lab houses an indoor ShaleNET well site trainer along with the following: a pumpjack/well head which brings the reservoir fluids to the surface; a gas production unit with a three-phase separator/heater treater to separate the reservoir fluids into each phase (gas, oil and water); stock tanks to hold produced reservoir fluids; a natural gas compressor which regulates the gas pressure for entry into a gathering/distribution pipeline; and a meter run/meter shed that records flow of the gas components through a gathering/distribution pipeline. Funding for the Well Site Training Center and a new downtown Canton Satellite Center which will open in spring 2015, came from a $10 million State of Ohio capital appropriation awarded in January 2012. In the energy field, Stark State College has for many years led in programming, training and research partnerships with international and world-renowned companies such as The Timken Company, Lockheed Martin and LG Fuel Cell Systems, Inc., which has its global headquarters on Stark State’s campus in North Canton. To learn more about the training center and the curriculum, click on this Stark State College press release.

Three Community Colleges Receive $9.0 million – Stark State College, Lorain County Community College and Lakeland Community College have secured a total of $9.0 million in state funding to expand or develop new facilities to support their workforce development efforts. Stark State College in North Canton will receive $1.5 million for an expansion the college says will improve student services and work-based learning opportunities. The Board of Regents called for proposals in May with $16 million in available funding. The state received 18 requests for funding, totaling more than $45 million. To read more about the funding, click on this Crain’s Cleveland Business article.

Canton’s Education Attainment Points to a Promising Economic Future – To see where a region’s economy is going in the future, a recent report by Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University Ranking America’s Top Young Adult Labor Forces: A Rust Belt Rising? suggests analyzing the data by age cohort. Canton’s youngest age cohort exceeds both the national and Ohio percentage for young adults who have already been to college, or earned a degree. To learn more about Canton’s education attainment, click on this Stark Education Partnership newsletter.

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