Advance Aviation & Foster Community and Economic Development.
The Mission of the Western Reserve Port Authority is to maintain and continue to develop
the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport; promote financing and economic development activities
in Mahoning and Trumbull Counties with primary focus on job creation.
About the Port Authority;
Originally created by the Mahoning and Trumbull County commissioners in 1992 to assume ownership of and operational responsibility for
the Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport, the Western Reserve Port Authority (WRPA) has evolved into a dynamic, multi-faceted agency
dedicated to promoting growth and economic development in the Mahoning Valley.
Under the direction of the Board and using the broad powers granted port authorities under Ohio law, the WRPA combines innovative finance tools,
consulting services, and partnership opportunities into a highly effective suite of development solutions that enable businesses, governmental entities,
and non-profit organizations to compete and succeed in the global economy.
Today, the WRPA administers or has the ability to access more than a dozen financing, funding, and incentive programs offered by a variety of local,
state, and federal agencies, including the Ohio Department of Development, U.S. Small Business Administration, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The WRPA oversees the four general-purpose foreign
trade zones located in Mahoning and Trumbull counties as well as the Ohio Enterprise Zones located in Mahoning County.
Whether you lead a company or non-profit seeking ways to finance growth, a developer looking for help with the public infrastructure
needed to move your project forward, or a governmental entity searching for ways to retain or attract jobs and development, the WRPA’s
professional, experienced staff is eager to put our solutions to work for you.