We're baffled how the region seems cut off from any meaningful stimulus grant money and if ever there was a project with promise and support, that project is the NASA airstrip.
Even with the loss of the Constellation project that would have accounted for much of the future work at NASA Plum Brook, there was still the potential for much commercial work and testing to be done at Plum Brook's facilities -- and the subsidiary work to accompany that. And although space hardware has been trucked into Plum Brook from airports elsewhere in Ohio, an airstrip at Plum Brook would simplify things greatly -- and be usable by other area interests at other times.
We seem to be missing out on the high-speed rail network that will link Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati, and the automotive industry that was once the spine of the local economy has withered, apparently beyond repair.
The ball is in the court of our people in Washington -- U.S. Rep. Marc Kaptur, senators Sherrod Brown and George Voinovich -- to get some cash flowing here. And Kaptur is the point-woman, so to say. We expect our elected officials to fight for this project. It would be a miserable failure to lose this opportunity to get the funding from somewhere, anywhere, to get this train down the track, or the plane down the runway.