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April 2014
Toledo Express Airport Reports First Quarter Increase in Passenger Traffic on American Airlines

TOLEDO, Ohio, April 17, 2014 – Passenger traffic at Toledo Express Airport (TOL) continued to climb during the first quarter of 2014 with a 14.44 percent increase as compared to the same period during the previous year. A total of 47,164 passengers made the choice to fly through TOL during the months of January, February and March. American Airlines showed an 8.19 percent increase for the quarter, with a total of 18,618 passengers. This upward trend indicates that more northwest Ohio travelers are booking flights from TOL when purchasing airfare.

January 2014
Toledo Express Airport Traffic up 45 Percent in December - Reports Show an 11 Percent Year-End Passenger Increase in 2013

Toledo Express Airport (TOL) ended 2013 with an 11 percent increase in overall passenger traffic when compared to 2012. A total of 159,295 passengers made the choice to fly through TOL in 2013, which helped drive the airport’s first year-over-year increase since 2004. Port Authority reports for December 2013 show that overall passenger traffic at TOL was up 44.82 percent over the same month in 2012. December marked the airport’s ninth month of increased passenger traffic in 2013.

October 2013
Ironville Terminal Redevelopment Near Completion
The Port Authority, Midwest Terminals, Finance Fund and various state and local officials broke ground on the third and final phase of redevelopment at the Ironville Terminal yesterday morning.
September 2013
Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Reopens Runway 7-25 at Toledo Express Airport

TOLEDO, Ohio, September 6, 2013 – The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Ohio Air National Guard, Federal Aviation Administration and other airport tenants and community leaders celebrated the grand reopening of Runway 7-25 at Toledo Express Airport with a ribbon cutting ceremony on the runway earlier today. The $10.25 million rehabilitation project, which was funded primarily through a $9.25 million grant from the Airport Improvement Program, has created roughly 100 jobs over the summer.

August 2013
Toledo Express Airport Reports Fifth Consecutive Month of Increased Passenger Traffic

TOLEDO, Ohio, August 27, 2013 – Toledo Express Airport (TOL) saw its fifth straight month of increased passenger traffic during the month of July. Port Authority reports for July 2013 show that overall passenger traffic at TOL was up 22 percent over July 2012.  A total of 14,484 passengers chose to fly through TOL this July, also bringing the year-over-year traffic up 5.85 percent higher than this time last year. The July performance builds on a 17.5 percent increase in passengers recorded for the month of June.

July 2013
Dodge High Fares with Allegiant

TOLEDO, Ohio. July 1, 2013 — Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) wants Toledo travelers to stop paying outrageous airfares and Dodge High Fares! The company, known for its exceptional travel deals and ultra-low fares, is kicking off the Dodge High Fares campaign, providing great deals to top vacation destinations, hosting a dodgeball tournament in Toledo and giving away a free round trip ticket each week through August at dodgehighfares.com

June 2013
Toledo Express Airport Reports 26% Increase in Passenger Traffic for month of May
TOLEDO, Ohio, June 27, 2013 – A total of 15,280 passengers traveled through Toledo Express Airport last month, which is a 26.47 percent increase over May 2012.
A Jeep Comes Home to Toledo
TOLEDO, Ohio, June 3, 2013 – The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and the City of Toledo will welcome Vittorio Argento, a history enthusiast who has embarked on an 800 mile journey after sailing from Naples to New York, to bring a Jeep, which was built during World War II, back to its birthplace.
May 2013
Next Phase of Redevelopment Underway at Overland Industrial Park
TOLEDO, Ohio, May 21, 2013 – The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, City of Toledo, Lucas County and other local officials held a groundbreaking ceremony earlier today for the construction of 1,500 foot new roadway and utilities at Overland Industrial Park, formerly known as the Jeep Site
National Train Day Celebration

TOLEDO, Ohio, May 3, 2013 – Toledo’s Amtrak Station will host the sixth annual National Train Day Toledo Celebration on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from  9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza located at 415 Emerald Ave. in downtown Toledo. More than 8000 people came to National Train Day Toledo last year. 

April 2013
Toledo Express Airport to Host Spring Turkey Hunt for People with Disabilities April 27 & 28
TOLEDO, Ohio, April 26, 2013 – The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority will host an event for people with disabilities tomorrow and Sunday for wild turkey hunting on the property of Toledo Express Airport. The hunters will depart on Saturday and Sunday morning at 5:30 a.m. and return to an airport hangar located at 11411 W. Airport Service Drive each day at noon for lunch and an opportunity for photos. 
Growth at Port of Toledo Earns Port Authority 12th Pacesetter Award
TOLEDO, Ohio, April 25, 2013 - The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority increased its international cargo shipments during the 2012 navigation season, earning it the prestigious Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Pacesetter Award was instituted to honor the achievements of ports aggressively marketing international exports and imports. SLSDC Advisory Board Member Dr. Arthur Sulzer presented the award today to Paul Toth, President and CEO for the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority.
Airgas, Inc. to Become First Tenant at Overland Industrial Park
TOLEDO, Ohio, April 25, 2013 – The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority announced today that Airgas, Inc., the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases, will construct the first new building at the Overland Industrial Park. The new facility will bring approximately 25 jobs to the northwest Ohio region.
Toledo Express Airport Reports Record Number of Allegiant Passengers in March

TOLEDO, Ohio, April 19, 2013– Travelers in northwest Ohio are beginning to see that they can get to more destinations from the Toledo Express Airport (TOL). March 2013 reports show that total passenger traffic at TOL was up 8.95 percent over March 2012, indicating the first month-over-month increase in passenger traffic since March 2009. Competitive prices, nonstop flights to vacation destinations, hub connectivity, community support and affordable parking all contribute to the airport's growing popularity. A total of 18,766 passengers chose to fly through Toledo Express Airport last month. Allegiant, whose passenger totals were up nearly 44 percent, carried a record 12,644 total passengers for the month of March. 

Port Authority Welcomes First Overseas Freighter of the Season
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority welcomes the first overseas freighter of the season with a traditional welcoming that kicks off the 2013 shipping season for our region. The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Midwest Terminals of Toledo and other officials will present Captain Tomasz Molenda and crew of the M/V ISA with welcoming gifts during the event. The M/V ISA bears 9,500 metric tons of sugar from Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala and its arrival regionally signifies the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway System. The freighter will arrive in the Port of Toledo and will be docked at Midwest Terminals of Toledo, located at 3319 St. Lawrence Drive Toledo, Ohio.
March 2013
Phase One of Construction at Overland Inudstrial Park to Begin This Spring
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority will begin the next phase of redevelopment at the Overland Industrial Park this spring and is estimated to be completed in fourth quarter 2013. The first phase of construction on the site includes the construction of a 1,500 foot roadway and utilities from Central Avenue. This new roadway will serve as the main entrance into the site until the Ohio Department of Transportation completes phase two of the I-75 interchange project.
February 2013
Allegiant Celebrates Inaugural Flight Between Toledo and Fort Myers with $109* Introductory One-Way Fares

Allegiant (NASDAQ: ALGT) today celebrates the inauguration of low-cost, nonstop flights between Toledo and Fort Myers / Punta Gorda. The company, known for its exceptional travel deals, will offer fares as low as $109* one way between the two cities.

BetterBuildings Northwest Ohio Program Achieves Milestone of 50 Completed Energy Efficeincy Projects

The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority’s BetterBuildings Northwest Ohio program has surpassed its milestone of over 50 completed energy efficiency projects since its inception in June 2010. 

American Airlines and US Airways Merger

It was announced this morning by AMR Corporation, the parent company of American Airlines, Inc., and US Airways Group, Inc. that the Board of Directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement under which the companies will combine to create a premier global carrier.

Marine Delivers Press Release - Bi-national study highlights green advantages of Great Lakes-Seaway shipping
A comprehensive report released today has defined the modal and environmental advantages of using marine shipping to transport goods in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway region.
January 2013
BX Solutions Begins Expansion Service in Midwest and Southeast United States
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and BX Solutions is pleased to announce the beginning of a new time definite trucking service connecting 31 markets in the Midwest and Southeast through its new hub operations located in Toledo, Chicago and Atlanta. This service offering specializes in airport-to-airport service using a combination of trusted colleagues and the experience of the management team at BX Solutions.
Earn Miles When You Park, Shop or Dine at Toledo Express Airport with Thanks Again Program
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority is excited to announce that the Toledo Express Airport has partnered with Republic Parking, TEA Services and the Thanks Again® Network to offer TOL customers valuable rewards when they park, shop or dine at TOL.
Reorganization & Expansion of Foreign Trade Zone 8 Under Alternative Site Framework Approved
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority has been the grantee of Foreign Trade Zone 8 since 1971, and has recently been approved for the reorganization and expansion of the zone under the Alternative Site Framework (ASF). The ASF takes the Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) area from single buildings or parcels and overlays the FTZ over a large service area that includes all of Sandusky, Henry, Wood, Lucas and Defiance Counties in Ohio, in and adjacent to the Toledo-Sandusky Customs and Border Protection port of entry.
December 2012
Marine Delivers Press Release - Year-to-date total cargo shipments through Seaway up 3 percent
Continued demand for iron ore, coal, and general cargo for the industrial and manufacturing sectors lifted the tonnage numbers along the Great Lakes-Seaway System to the positive column. For the period March 22 to November 30, year-to-date total cargo shipments were 34.6 million metric tons, a rise of 2.67 percent over the same period in 2011. The St. Lawrence Seaway reported an 11 percent increase for total cargo shipments during the month of November – 5.1 million metric tons – compared to November 2011.
Allegiant's Seven Year Anniversary - Press Conference and "Pack your Bags" Flyaway Contest
Saturday, December 15, 2012 marks the seventh anniversary of Allegiant out of Toledo Express Airport. The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority will celebrate this success and thank Allegiant by hosting a press conference tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. in the airport terminal.
Allegiant to Begin Nonstop, Low Cost Service Between Punta Gorda and Toledo Express - Introductory One-Way Fares Starting at $89.99
Allegiant has announced today that it will begin to offer new nonstop, low cost weekly service between Toledo Express Airport and Punta Gorda Airport (PGD) starting February 16, 2013. Fares are starting as low as $89.99* one-way. The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority will hold a press conference this morning at 11 a.m. to discuss the new air service.
November 2012
Marine Delivers Press Release - Cargo Shipments through Seaway up nearly 10 percent in October
North American commodities for the industrial and manufacturing sectors drove an uptick in tonnage numbers along the Great Lakes-Seaway System. The St. Lawrence Seaway reported a 9.8 percent increase for total cargo shipments in October – 4.4 million metric tons – compared to October 2011.
October 2012
Port Authority Issues $6 Million Bond to Support BetterBuildings Northwest Ohio Program
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority has completed the issuance of a second bond deal for the BetterBuildings Northwest Ohio (BBNWO) Program in conjunction with the Toledo Ohio Advanced Energy Improvement Corporation in the amount of $6,435,000.
BX Solutions Celebrates One-Year Anniversary & Partners with Manpower to Employ Hundreds of Seasonal Employees this Holiday Season
Nearly one year ago, State of Ohio Governor John Kasich, City of Toledo Mayor Mike Bell and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority introduced BX Solutions - a new cargo operator at Toledo Express Airport - to the world. In the intervening 12 months, the company has experienced many successes.
September 2012
Allegiant's Vote for Vacation Bus Tour to Arrive at The University of Toledo Tomorrow at 4 p.m.
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Allegiant, The University of Toledo Gateway, Toledo Blade and K100 have all partnered to give Toledo area residents the chance to win free travel via Allegiant’s “Vote for Vacation” bus tour.
June 2012
Port Authority & City of Toledo to Join U.S. DOE's Better Buildings Challenge - Committing to Reduce Energy Use by 20% by 2015
Earlier today, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and the City of Toledo announced a partnership for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Challenge – a national leadership program calling on corporate chief executives, university presidents, state, local and school district leaders to reduce their portfolio-wide energy use by 20 percent by 2020, and showcase the solutions they use and the results they achieve.
Toledo Harbor Sediment Management and Use Solutions: Evaluation of Sediment Management and Use Options for Toledo Harbor Public Forum #2
Over the last year, the Great Lakes Commission, Ohio Lake Erie Commission, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and other members of the Toledo Harbor Dredge Management Task Force have worked with a technical team to evaluate sustainable practices to manage dredged material from Toledo Harbor in a manner that balances economic and environmental aspects.
City of Toledo Appoints Sharon Speyer to Port Authority Board of Directors and Reappoints Jerry Chabler for Second Consecutive Term
Toledo Mayor Michael P. Bell has recently announced the appointment of Sharon Speyer, President of the Northwest Ohio Region for Huntington National Bank as the newest member of the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Board of Directors.
Marine Delivers Press Release - St. Lawrence Seaway Cargo Shipments up 5 percent in May - Tonnage Numbers at U.S. Ports Remain Strong
North American commodities used in the steel and construction industries continued to fuel an uptick in tonnage numbers along the St. Lawrence Seaway System. International demand for shipments of iron ore and coal drove exports during the month of May.
May 2012
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Awards $800,000 Assessment Grant for Brownfield Redevelopment
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that a Coalition comprised of partners from the City of Toledo, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Lucas County Land Bank and Metroparks of the Toledo Area will receive an assessment grant in the amount of $800,000 for brownfield redevelopment in Lucas County.
Marine Delivers Press Release - Positive Outlook as St. Lawrence Seaway Opens the 2012 Season
The steel and construction industries pushed the demand for North American commodities such as iron ore, stone and cement, and provided the 2012 shipping season with a solid start.
April 2012
Port Authority Receives Grant Award from the State's Job Ready Site Program
The Ohio Department of Development announced yesterday that it had awarded the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority $2.8 million for the further development of infrastructure on the Port Authority’s Overland Industrial Park, located at the former Jeep Parkway property. The award comes from the State’s Job Ready Site Program.
March 2012
DIRECT AIR STATEMENT FROM WEBSITE
Direct Air suspended flight operation on Tuesday, March 13, 2012. This decision was made to address operational matters. We are currently evaluating strategic alternatives for Direct Air.
STATEMENT FROM THE TOLEDO-LUCAS COUNTY PORT AUTHORITY REGARDING DIRECT AIR
TOLEDO, Ohio, March 13, 2012 – We are incredibly disappointed to learn the following from the website of Direct Air:

“Direct Air finds it necessary to suspend flight operation from Tuesday, March 13, 2012 until May 15, 2012. This decision was made to address operational matters. We are currently evaluating strategic alternatives for Direct Air.” – viawww.visitdirectair.com
February 2012
AAPA News Release - Fiscal 2013 Administration Budget Proposal Supports Aspects of Seaports Agenda - AAPA pleased with boost in Corps' navigation, DOT infrastructure investment budgets
With the release today of President Obama’s fiscal 2013 budget, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)—representing seaports in the United States and throughout the Americas—is expressing both accolades, and some disappointment, over various aspects of the budget pertaining to ports and the efficient and secure movement of freight.
AAPA Press Release - Introduction of American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act
ALEXANDRIA, VA (Jan. 31, 2012) — The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) commends the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and its chairman, Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), for its commitment toward: a five-year reauthorization of federal surface transportation legislation; a freight mobility subtitle; a waterborne transportation title that seeks to fully use the federal Harbor Maintenance Tax for its intended purpose; program consolidation; streamlining project delivery; and to the aggressive timetable it has developed to secure passage of a final bill.
January 2012
The St. Lawrence Seaway Managment Corportation News Release - Seaway Concludes its 53rd Navigation Season
The St. Lawrence Seaway closed for the season on December 30, 2011, with the westbound vessel Algoma Spirit reaching Lake Ontario at 7:54 a.m. after having transited the locks on the St. Lawrence River. The Seaway’s 53rd navigation season commenced on March 22nd, and the system remained open for a record 284 days, exceeding by one day the previous record set in 2006.
Port of Toledo Issues 2011 Tonnage Report 6% Increase Over Last Year
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority has released the Port of Toledo 2011 Tonnage report which indicates a 6% increase in tonnage over the 2010 shipping season. 2011 was the highest tonnage season recorded at the Port of Toledo since the 2007 season. Also included in the report is a summary of seaport tonnage from 1947 – 2011.
Toledo Blade - Pilot site saves on energy costs
Bill Pribe isn't quite sure how much Toledo Jet Center is saving on its electricity bill, but he sees that, despite a reduction in the number of fixtures, the hangars where Toledo Jet staff work on aircraft are just as bright as they were before the company replaced its lights.
December 2011
Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Releases Port of Toledo Economic Impact Study - Midwest Terminals Unveils Two New Locomotives
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation today jointly released a new Port of Toledo Economic Impact Study which indicates that the Port of Toledo generates nearly 7,000 jobs, and vessel and cargo activity creates more than $1billion in economic impact.
Marine Delivers - 2011 Great Lakes-Seaway Shipping Season Sails Toward a Positive Close
U.S. ports continued to post positive tonnage numbers in November. The Seaway’s year-to-date total cargo shipments from March 22 to November 30 were 33 million metric tons, up 1.23 percent from the same period last year.
November 2011
Marine Delivers Press Release - October Tonnage Numbers Remain Steady at U.S. Ports
U.S. ports continued to post positive tonnage numbers in October. The Seaway’s year-to-date total cargo shipments from March 22 to October 31 were 29 million metric tons, up 2 percent from the same period last year.
October 2011
Port Authority Signs Agreement with BX Solutions for Cargo Operations at Toledo Express - Creating 500 New Jobs
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Board of Directors approved a resolution today in preparation for a new cargo operator, BX Solutions, at Toledo Express Airport. The resolution authorizes BX Solutions to manage and maintain the cargo facility, manage the delivery of all services at, to and from the facility and market the facility for intermodal transportation services cooperatively with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority.
Economic Impact Study Results Released, Great Lakes-Seaway Shipping Supports 227,000 Jobs
The Great Lakes maritime industry today released the results of a year-long study of the economic impacts of the entire Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system. The study was commissioned by members of the marine shipping industry, in partnership with U.S. and Canadian government agencies. Martin Associates of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a global leader in transportation economic analysis and strategic planning, was retained to conduct the study.
September 2011
TOLEDO BLADE - Airport lands $750,000 grant - Goal is to develop Denver route at ailing Toledo Express
For the second time in five years, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority has won a federal grant to support development of air service at struggling Toledo Express Airport, this time with a Denver route as the primary candidate.
TOLEDO BLADE - Port authority gets $2.8M to renovate airport hub
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority has received a $2.8 million loan from the state to prepare BAX Global's former hub at Toledo Express Airport for future tenants.
Toledo Executive Airport Unveils New Sign Tomorrow
In honor of Toledo Executive Airport’s first year of operation under its new name, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority will be unveiling its new sign at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow morning as a photo opportunity for local media outlets. The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Board of Directors and Toledo City Council approved the name change to Toledo Executive Airport from Metcalf Field in the summer of 2010.
TOLEDO BLADE - DHL lease OK'd by port panel - Cargo firm is likely to bring 9 weekly flights into Toledo
BAX Global may be gone from Toledo Express Airport, but some of the freight it formerly handled there isn't.
Warren AME to Cut Ribbon on Senior Services Center - Made Possible in Part by Port Authority Provided Grant and Loan
A Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Loan and Grant provided to the Warren AME Church Vision Empowerment Board has aided in the completion of a 10,000 sq. ft. Senior Services Center housing the Warren Adult Day Center and J. Frank Troy Senior Center. The Port Authority will join Warren AME Church for the grand opening event.
August 2011
Toledo Free Press - Officials dedicate new rail line at Ironville Terminal
Officials from Midwest Terminals, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and various local, state and federal governments dedicated the new rail line currently under construction at the Ironville Terminal on Aug. 15 by driving commemorative golden spikes into it.
Toledo Blade - Airport reboots its Web site
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority has revamped its Web site for Toledo Express Airport, adding a travel search-engine option and a loyalty program for people who park frequently at the airport.
MARINE DELIVERS PRESS RELEASE - Seaway Cargo Shipments up 21% in July - Port of Green Bay sees increase in petroleum exports
The St. Lawrence Seaway statistics for the month of July indicate steady traffic with cautious optimism as the economy continues to rebound.
Toledo Express Launches New Website
Toledo Express Airport launched a new and improved consumer website today and the many changes customer will find include a cleaner, easier to navigate site designed around the customer experience.
Port Authority Dedicates Rail Line at Ironville Terminal and Unveils Future Development Plans for Site Total Investment of $18 Million
Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority President and CEO, Paul Toth and Midwest Terminals of Toledo were joined today by area officials to dedicate the Port Authority-owned rail line currently under construction at Ironville Terminal. This phase of construction was made possible by $5 million in Jobs Ready Sites Grant Funding. Commemorative rail spikes were pounded into the rail line by the officials in honor of the dedication. The total public/private investment into Ironville Terminal will be more than $18 million when the infrastructure projects are complete in 2014.
Port Authority to Dedicate Rail Line at Ironville Terminal and Unveil Future Development Plans
On Mon. Aug. 15, 2011, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority President and CEO, Paul Toth and Midwest Terminals of Toledo will join together with state and local officials to dedicate the Port Authority-owned rail line currently under construction at Ironville Terminal. Golden Rail Spikes will be pounded into the rail line by the officials in honor of the dedication.
FOX TOLEDO NEWS - Solare Field to Power Toledo Water Plant
TOLEDO, Ohio (WUPW) - A new solar field was dedicated Wednesday by the city of Toledo that will power the water treatment plant in East Toledo.
WTOL CHANNEL 11 NEWS - 5-Acre Solar Field Unveiled at Collins Park
TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The City of Toledo and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority unveiled a new 5-acre solar field located on the grounds of the Collins Park water treatment plant.
WTVG 13 ABC - Solar Power Will Generate Savings for Toledo
Toledo, OH (WTVG) -- Solar power is about to help the City of Toledo save a lot of money. The public/private partnership is not only generating solar power, it's also putting a lot of people to work . A solar park was unveiled Wednesday at the Collins Park water treatment plant on York street on the city's East side. It's a five acre,5.2 million dollar project and it has local written all over it from the solar panels to the construction crews.
TOLEDO BLADE - Solar Energy to Power Toledo Water-Treatment Plant
With the sun high in the sky, there was little shade to be found outside Toledo's water treatment plant Wednesday afternoon -- perfect conditions to showcase the city's latest solar-powered venture.
CITY OF TOLEDO MEDIA RELEASE - City, Port Authority and Private Partners to Unveil Solar Field - Alternative Energy Source to Provide Power to Water Treatment Plant
The City of Toledo, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, IPS Energy Ventures and multiple private partners will unveil a new solar field at the Collins Park Water Treatment Plant at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10, 2011.
Toledo Blade - Port aims for Toledo-to-Denver flights
A little less than a year after abandoning a federal grant to support new air service to New York, the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority has filed an application to support a proposed route between Toledo Express Airport and Denver.
Brock News - Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Earns Seaway Award for Increase in International Freight Shipments
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority registered strong increases in international cargo shipments
during the 2010 navigation season, earning it the prestigious Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award from the
Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of
Transportation. SLSDC Administrator Terry Johnson presented the award today to the President and
CEO of the Port Authority, Paul Toth, during the summer meeting of the American Great Lakes Ports
Association in Toledo.
July 2011
Great Lakes Ports Association to Hold Bi-Annual Meeting in Toledo Tomorrow - Port Authority to Receive Pacesetter Award
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority welcomes its colleagues to Toledo for the bi-annual meeting of the American Great Lakes Ports Association (AGLPA) on Thurs., July 28, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Toledo. The AGLPA is an organization representing the interests of the public port authorities on the Great Lakes. The attendees will be comprised of Port Directors and CEOs from U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes Ports.
MARINE DELIVERS PRESS RELEASE - St. Lawrence Seaway Grain Shipments Up 20%
The latest statistics from the St. Lawrence Seaway show that grain shipments are up more than 20 percent as the marine highway benefits from international demand for American and Canadian wheat.
Port Authority Unveils Jeep Parkway Property Redevelopment Master Plan

Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority President and CEO, Paul Toth was joined today by state and local officials to unveil the master redevelopment concepts for the recently acquired Jeep Parkway Property. The Port Authority purchased the former industrial site last fall with the sole purpose of remediating the valuable parcel of property and returning it to the stream of commerce – thus creating jobs and economic development for the region.

Port Authority to Unveil Jeep Parkway Property Redevelopment Master Plan Tomorrow Thurs., July 7, 2011
Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and state and local officials will unveil the master plan concepts for the recently acquired Jeep Parkway Property at an event on Thurs., July 7 at 2 p.m. on the Jeep Parkway property. Port officials will also speak about the remediation and redevelopment efforts and provide details on how the recently received Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund (CORF) grants will be used to help complete the site remediation.
June 2011
OHIO DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENT NEWS RELEASE - More than $27 in Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund Grants Approved to Assist Communities with Brownfield Clean-Up
Today, the Clean Ohio Council approved more than $27 million in Clean Ohio Revitalization Fund grants for 17 brownfield clean-up projects throughout the state, which are expected to create and retain nearly 600 jobs. The funding, approved at a Clean Ohio Council Round 10 Awards meeting, will allow for the reuse of commercial and industrial properties that are currently idle. The grants are contingent upon State Controlling Board approval.
The Celebrated Ware of 1812 Tall Ship Lynx "America's Privateer" Returns to Toledo for Schoonmaker Rechristening
The 122-foot square top sail schooner Lynx will be sailing into the Port of Toledo for the second time on Thursday, June 30, 2011 at 12 p.m. and will be docking beside the Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship. The vessel will be firing a salute from her main battery of six-pounder carronades upon her grand entrance into the Port of Toledo. The Privateer Lynx was hired to train the cast and crew of the hit movie, Pirates of the Caribbean.
Port Authority Board of Directors Items of Interest for June Meeting
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Board convenes the June Board of Directors meeting tomorrow at 8 a.m. on the 3rd floor of One Maritime Plaza. The following items of interest will be discussed and decisions and further details regarding these and additional items are available upon request after the conclusion of the board meeting tomorrow.
PORT AUTHORITY ISSUES $8 MILLION BOND TO MATERION BRUSH INC. - FORMERLY BRUSH WELLMAN
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority has issued an $8 million taxable bond within the Northwest Ohio Bond Fund Program to Materion Brush Inc., formerly known as Brush Wellman Inc. The bonds were used to acquire a 125,400 square foot facility and for the purchase of new machinery and equipment. The 10-year bond, which closed at the end of April 2011, has a fixed interest rate of 4.90 percent.
PORT AUTHORITY BOARD OF DIRECTORS ITEMS OF INTEREST FOR JUNE MEETING
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Board convenes the June Board of Directors meeting tomorrow at 8 a.m. on the 3rd floor of One Maritime Plaza.
MARINE DELIVERS NEWS RELEASE - Seaway Cargo Season off to Positive Start - Ship Transits up 10% Due to Surges in Grain, Steel and General Cargo
The St. Lawrence Seaway has reported a strong start to the 2011shipping season. Generally viewed as a bellwether for the regional economy, initial indicators show signs of a continued rebound over last season with significant increases in grain, steel slabs, and general cargo during the first two months of activity.
FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA NEWS RELEASE - Joint Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Ballast Water Program Proven Effective
A new study completed by researchers at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Transport Canada and the Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Network has determined that current ballast water policies for the Great Lakes are highly effective in protecting ecosystems from aquatic invasive species. The report was recently published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, and provides strong support for Canadian policies to be adopted around the world.
May 2011
Columbia Gas and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Form Unique Partnership for Energy Efficiency and Green Careers
A unique public-private partnership between the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority and Columbia Gas of Ohio is resulting in new “green” careers in Northwest Ohio as well as big savings for homeowners.
16% Growth at Port of Toledo Earns Port Authority 12th Pacesetter Award
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority has been awarded its 12th Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter Award from the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) for growth in international cargo during a single season.
Toledo Express to Host Spring Turkey Hunt for the Physically Challenged April 30 & May 1
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority will host physically challenged hunters tomorrow and Sunday for wild turkey hunting on the property of Toledo Express Airport. The hunters will depart on Saturday and Sunday morning at 4 a.m. and return to an airport hangar located at 11431 W Airport Service Drive each day at noon for lunch and an opportunity for photos. The hangar is located to the right of the airport terminal buildings – turn into the West Airport Entrance and turn right on West Airport Service Drive.
April 2011
NATIONAL TRAIN DAY CELEBRATION AT DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. PLAZA SATURDAY, APRIL 30, 2011 - OPENING CEREMONY AT 9:30 A.M.
Toledo’s Amtrak Station will host the fourth annual National Train Day Celebration on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza located at 415 Emerald Ave. in downtown Toledo. More than 4500 people came to National Train Day last year.
PORT AUTHORITY FINANCING PROGRAM CREATES 25 MORE JOBS - GROUND BREAKING FOR CULVER'S RESTAURANT IN FINDLAY, THURSDAY, APRIL 21 - 10 A.M.
The Northwest Ohio Development Assistance Corporation through the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority recently provided Culver’s Restaurant a U.S. Small Business Administration 504 Loan in the amount of $770,465 for the purchase of property and equipment and the construction of a new building. Once the project is complete, the restaurant will create 25 full-time equivalent jobs. The Port Authority will join employees of Culvers for the ground breaking.
PORT AUTHORITY PROGRAM DIRECTOR TO BE KEYNOTE SPEAKER AT 2011 FACILITIES TRADE SHOW TOMORROW AT SEAGATE CENTRE
Kevin Moyer, Director of the BetterBuildings Northwest Ohio Program, will be the keynote speaker at the 2011 Facilities Trade Show which will take place in downtown Toledo tomorrow at the SeaGate Centre from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Moyer will speak at 10 a.m. regarding the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Program, BetterBuildings Northwest Ohio. BetterBuildings Northwest Ohio is designed to improve buildings across Northwest Ohio by financing energy efficiency technology. The keynote address is titled Preserving Budget and Capital - Creating Cost Savings and Profit Through Energy Efficiency Projects.
S.S. Willis B. Boyer Prepares for 100th Anniversary - Celebration During July 4 Weekend
July 1, 2011 is the centennial of the S.S. Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship and also marks the date she will be rechristened to Col. James M. Schoonmaker. This event marks the beginning of a three day Centennial Celebration sponsored by the Toledo Blade which will include a visit from the Privateer Schooner LYNX, a historic Toledo Club boxing event aboard the ship and the annual Red White Kaboom fireworks presentation.
March 2011
Busy Winter at the Toledo Shipyard - Seaport Newsletter
On January 5, 2011 The Toledo Shipyard and IRONHEAD Marine Inc. successfully dry-docked the 730 foot, self unloading bulk carrier CSL Tadoussac.
February 2011
FEBRUARY 2011 FINANCE NEWSLETTER - INNOVATIVE FINANCING FROM THE TOLEDO-LUCAS COUNTY PORT AUTHORITY
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority has developed a national reputation for innovative business financing, assisting close to 300 economic development projects representing a total investment of more than $1 billion while helping to create and retain more than 15,000 jobs.
December 2010
PORT AUTHORITY LAUNCHES UNIQUE FINANCING PROGRAM FOR MBE/WBE/DBE CONTRACTORS
The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority launched the Diversified Contractors Accelerator Program (DCAP) today which provides financial solutions to encourage increased participation by Northwest Ohio-based minority and women-owned contractors in publicly bid work and privately funded construction projects.
MARINE DELIVERS PRESS RELEASE -- Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Proposes Modification of Ballast Rule - Report Confirms State's Higher Standards Cannot be Achieved
When not fully loaded, commercial cargo ships must take on water (ballast) to maintain their stability. Once pumped on board, ballast water is stored in narrow cavities (ballast tanks) built into the hull of a ship. Ballast water pumped onboard in one port may inadvertently contain aquatic organisms that are then released when ballast is discharged in another port.
November 2010
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION NEWS RELEASE -- U.S. DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ANNOUNCES $4 MILLION INVESTMENT TO COMBAT INVASIVE SPECIES IN GREAT LAKES
The U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced that it is providing $4 million to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species found in cargo ships plying the Great Lakes and America’s inland waterways.
MARINE DELIVERS PRESS RELEASE - Seaway Cargo Shipments up 17% Upward Trend Continues with Surge in Iron Ore, Coal and Grain Exports
Washington, D.C. (November 11, 2010) – Cargo shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway continue to show improvement as the current season comes to an end. An increase in Canadian exports of grains out of Ontario and Quebec, along with demand for construction materials and general cargo shipments boosted October’s numbers.
October 2010
MARINE DELIVERS PRESS RELEASE - Year-to-Date Seaway Cargo Shipments up 18%, Waterway Buoyed by New Business, Trade Routes
Washington, D.C. (October 20, 2010) — Cargo shipments through the St. Lawrence Seaway continue to rebound on the back of strong American grain exports and iron ore and steel activity, along with an uptick of new business and trade routes.
Port Authority Officially Acquires Historic Jeep Parkway Property
TOLEDO, Ohio, Oct. 8, 2010  – The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority officially acquired the historic Jeep Parkway property on Fri., Oct. 3, 2010 for a purchase price of $95,000.  The 111 acre site located at 1000 Jeep Parkway will undergo an environmental remediation process over the next 18 to 24 months and redeveloped thereafter.
August 2010
Statement Regarding Stimulus Funds for the Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship
The funds that the Willis B. Boyer received were strictly reserved for historic properties in the State of Ohio. Last August, the State of Ohio received $1.8 million in funding through the Recovery Act from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for Brownfield Revitalization efforts. Up to $200,000 in Recovery Act funding was made available to eligible nonprofit and local government entities for remediating asbestos in historic buildings, which contributes to the economic revitalization of communities, vibrant neighborhood centers, and health and safety for occupants and visitors of these buildings.
The Toledo Antique & Classic Boat Show - August 28 & 29, 2010
TOLEDO, Ohio, August 26, 2010 – This weekend, in conjunction with the S.S. Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship and Ramsey Brothers Restorations, the fourth annual Toledo Antique & Classic Boat Show will take place at the Toledo Maritime Center, 1701 Front Street, Toledo, Ohio 43605.  The show will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults and children under 10 years old are free. For more information please visit www.toledoboatshow.com.
STANDARD & POOR'S RELEASE BBB RATING FOR NORTHWEST OHIO BOND FUND
Toledo, OH – Aug. 20, 2010 – Standards and Poor’s (S&P) announced a BBB investment-grade rating with Stable Outlook on Friday for the Northwest Ohio Bond Fund, which is administered by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority has been working with S&P since the start of 2010 to establish this rating.
July 2010
PORT AUTHORITY PROVIDES LOCAL BUSINESS SBA LOAN CREATING JOBS - RIBBON CUTTING FOR WEFULFILLIT.COM FEATURING #11 FEDEX NASCAR
Toledo, OH – July 28, 2010 – The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority recently provided WeFulFillIT.com a U.S. Small Business Administration 504 Loan in the amount of $369,000 to purchase a new building and equipment. This company has 12 employees, five of which are new positions and will be creating at least five more new positions within the next year.
Tall Ship Lynx "America's Privateer" in Port of Toledo - Mayor to Present Captain Glass Key to City
Toledo, OH – July 22, 2010 – The 122-foot, square top sail schooner Lynx will be present in downtown Toledo and docking beside the Willis B. Boyer Museum Ship. The vessel will be firing a salute from her main battery of six-pounder carronades at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 23, 2010. The Privateer Lynx was hired to train the cast and crew of the hit movie, Pirates of the Caribbean.
June 2010
Seaway Compass Highlighted Guest - Paul Toth, Jr., President & CEO, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority
Introduction: On October 15, 2009 the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Board of Directors appointed Paul L. Toth, Jr. as the President and CEO. Paul has over two decades of experience with the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority. He most recently served as Vice President of Technical and Financing Services, and prior to that as Airports Director. Paul is responsible for a staff of 50 and for all Port Authority operations which includes two airports, a multi-modal seaport, land acquisition and development activities and an innovative financing portfolio. Paul earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of  Toledo and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Ohio. He is also a Graduate of the University of Toledo’s Graduate School of Business earning a Masters in Business Administration, specializing in finance.
April 2010
PORT AUTHORITY TO RECEIVE $15 MILLION DOE GRANT FROM VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN TODAY
Under the Department of Energy’s Retrofit Ramp-Up initiative, communities, governments and non-profit organizations will work together on pioneering and innovative programs for concentrated and broad-based retrofits of neighborhoods and towns – and eventually entire states.  These partnerships will support large-scale retrofits and make energy efficiency accessible to hundreds of thousands of homeowners and businesses.
March 2010
Port Authority Launches Name the Cranes Contest for Area Students
TOLEDO, Ohio, March 31, 2010 - The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority has purchased two new Liebherr Mobile Harbor Cranes for the Port of Toledo and is encouraging area students to name the cranes in anticipation of their arrival in May 2010. The Name The Cranes contest will be held April 1 through April 30, 2010 and area students can submit their name choice via the website www.namethecranes.com. Contest details, grand prize and more information about the cranes and their impact on our region will be provided at the news conference.
Swanton's Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF Chapter Wins National Award - Outreach Program is Part of Toledo Express Wildlife Management Plan
NASHVILLE, Tenn.— The National Wild Turkey Federation's (NWTF) Wheelin' Sportsmen NWTF outreach program is full of selfless volunteers who spend their time ensuring that outdoor activities like hunting, fishing and shooting are available to physically challenged individuals.
January 2010
PORT AUTHORITY PROVIDES $35,000 GRANT TO CITY OF COMPASSION CDC FOR SOLAR ENERGY GENERATING FACILITY
TOLEDO, Ohio, January 21, 2010 – The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Board of Directors has granted City of Compassion CDC $35,000 for predevelopment costs to develop a solar photovoltaic generating facility on a 19 acre site adjacent to the Xunlight Corporation.  The award comes from the Port Authority Community Economic Development Initiative grant and loan program.
FirstEnergy and The Ohio Manufacturers' Association Reach Agreement to Provide three Ohio Port Authorities with $7.5 Million for Jobs and Business Expansion
TOLEDO, Ohio, Jan. 14. 2010  The Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority along with the Port Authorities of Cleveland-Cuyahoga County and Summit County have been selected to receive a total of $7.5 million dollars over three years from First Energy Co. to support economic development and job retention projects under an agreement reached with The Ohio Manufacturers' Association (OMA).