Newsmakers 2013: Local investors express interest in operating area’s airportsWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
The news, revealed in October, that a group of local investors was considering a proposal to take over operation of Northwest Ohio’s two airports was met with both cautious interest and derision.
In November, Dock David Treece, his father Dock Treece and brother Ben Treece launched a website, www.toledoairports.com, where they intend to lay out their plans for public review and input before a formal proposal is made to Toledo City Council.
The website contains a summary of their qualifications and experience, frequently asked questions and a contact form. The first document, a marketability study, was posted Dec. 6.
“So far the responses we’ve received through the website have been almost universally positive,” Dock David said in an email on Jan. 1. “In fact, we’ve heard from a number of people about even more previously unknown opportunities. There have been a few inquisitive reactions — people raising questions that will be answered as more information is released.”
Toledo Express Airport and Toledo Executive Airport are both owned by the City of Toledo and managed by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority.
Among the documents the Treeces said they plan to post in the coming weeks are their full business plan and a 10-year financial forecast.
“We want to be as transparent as possible,” Dock David said.
The Treeces are Toledo Free Press contributors.