Saturday, January 31, 2009

Tech Belt Tidbit

Congressman Tim Ryan was at the Akron-Canton airport (CAK) to kickoff non-stop service to Washington Reagan National Airport (DCA):

This service is another step in a plan to grow the technology in this area.

“We are trying to create a technology belt from Cleveland to Akron to Canton to Youngstown to Pittsburgh,” Ryan said. “This will help create jobs and legislation."

I often fly into CAK when visiting Pittsburgh. Frontier Airlines, hub in Denver, flies direct to the airport and the fares are often the cheapest I can find. I enjoy smaller airports and I don't mind the drive to Pittsburgh.

There has been some talk of building a high-speed rail between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, with a stop in Youngstown. I'm more in favor in connecting the airports of Cleveland and Pittsburgh, with a stop at CAK. The infrastructure can help the region build enough ridership for underutilized but critical linkages, especially to various foreign markets. That's just another example of possible advantages to economic corridor cooperation.

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