Community Development - Economic Development
Interstate Highway SystemWest Chester is strategically located along Interstate 75, with its borders reaching within 1/4 mile north of the I-75/I-275 interchange. West Chester has excellent access to the region's interstate system, with eight interstate interchanges either located within the Township, or within one mile from the Township's limit.
There are currently three interchanges on I-75 located in West Chester, one at Tylersville Road, the second at Cincinnati-Dayton Road, and the third at Union Centre Boulevard, and five interchanges on I-275 located less than one mile from the Township. The interchanges on I-275, Cincinnati's outer beltway, are at State Route 4, State Route 747, Mosteller Road, State Route 42, and Reed Hartman Highway. I-275 also provides easy access to interstates 71 and 74. There are two state highways in West Chester: SR 747 is located in the western portion of the Township and SR 42 is located in the eastern portion of the Township. The Union Centre Boulevard/I-75 Interchange, which opened in December 1997, significantly improves interstate access for the Township's business area and provides immediate interstate access to over 1,000 acres of available land. This new interchange, southwestern Ohio's first in over twenty years, is located approximately two miles north of I-275 and provides excellent opportunities for companies, especially corporate office and technical facilities, looking for high profile sites.
West Chester is strategically located almost midway between two international airports, the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and the Dayton International Airport, and three miles from the Butler County Regional Airport (HAO, http://www.butlercountyregionalairport.org/.)
The Butler County Regional Airport is conveniently located in south central Butler County, just minutes away from the communities of Hamilton, Fairfield and West Chester. Access to the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton regions is also quick and convenient, via nearby Interstate 75 and 275. The airport also provides the vital link for Butler County businesses to their major destinations, such as Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh.
High quality facilities and service are the standard at the Butler County Regional Airport. Facilities include a 5,500 X 100 foot runway with a full-length parallel taxiway, ample T-hangars, executive hangars with capacity for overnight storage, a Precision Instrument Landing System (ILS) with MALS approach lighting system, Localizer/DME, NDB and GPS approaches, an on-site weather station (ASOS), a new General Aviation Terminal Building.
The Butler County Regional Aiport is part of the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems and the current Ohio Aviation System Plan. It has been designated as a general aviation reliever airport for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Contact http://www.proaero.com/.
The Fixed-Base Operator at the Butler County Regional Airport offers a wide range of pilot services, including ramp management, car rental, and catering. The FBO also provides Jet A and 100LL fuel service with volume discounts. On-demand air charter service, with seating for up to eight passengers is available 24/7 through Airway Air Charter Aircraft. Maintenance is provided full time by J&J Aviation. Turbine aircraft maintenance and repair is available on field by Roberts Aviation, and Elite Aviation offers piston aircraft maintenance.
Middletown/Hook Field Municipal Airport - With its great location midway between Cincinnati and Dayton, Middletown's Hook Field Airport is able to serve the needs of companies in both metropolitan areas and all points in between. The airport handles both passenger and cargo flights, primarily for parts manufacturers, overnight freight companies and various corporations. Hook Field Airport's central location also makes it possible to reach most North American destinations quickly and efficiently.
Booming business in Butler County and in neighboring regions to its north and south has been the catalyst for growth at the Hook Field Airport. Since 1986, for example, the number of hangars has increased from one to nine. To further accommodate the increasing demand for services, Hook Field will soon see manjor improvements, including a new entrance from State Route 4 and a conference center, a great convenience for the business traveler. A new industrial park is also planned at the airport. With 6100 feet of hard-surface runway, Hook Field may be used by most aircraft types. The recent addition of AWOS IIIP, providing 24-hour weather service, the new PAPI visual slope indicator, the Localizer approach, two NDB and a GPS approach, make the airport a safe landing facility in almost any weather.
Miami University Airport - One of Butler County's best-kept secrets is the Miami University Airport in Oxford. Although it is primarily used for flight training of university students and university-related needs, the airport is also available for landing planes and small jets. It is especially convenient for companies doing business with Miami and Oxford-based businesses. The Oxford Airport features a 4000 X 70-foot runway and NDB instrument approach. Fixed-Base Operator services include overnight hangar storage, fuel availability, pilot accessories and a pilots lounge. The FBO also operates the flight school.
The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport - Located 30 miles south of West Chester, CVG offers over 500 daily flights, including non-stop service to over 100 cities. The airport is the second largest hub for Delta Airlines and is serviced by an additional 12 airlines, including Comair, Northwest, Swissair, TWA, United and U.S. Air. A number of nonstop international flights are offered, including service to London, Frankfort, Paris, Zurich, Toronto and Montreal.
The Dayton International Airport, located 41 miles north of West Chester, offers over 200 daily flights. The airport is served by over 10 airlines including American, Comair, Delta, Northwest, TWA, United and U.S. Air.
The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport was the only U.S. hub to rank among the world's favorite airports, according to a survey of international travelers. Since 1994, the Cincinnati airport has been named among the best airports in the world by IATA, ACNielsen, OAG Worldwide, Regional Airline World magazine and Skytrax Research. The airport serves more than 20 million passengers a year and is expected to remain one of the fastest-growing major U.S. airports over the next 10 years, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
West Chester is served by both CSX and Norfolk Southern Railroads. A number of available sites and buildings are currently served, or can be served, with an addition of a rail spur.
Electric and Gas
Electric and gas services in West Chester are provided by Duke Energy, one of the largest electric power companies in the United States. Duke Energy also provides West Chester customers with natural gas. (513) 421-9500 or http://www.duke-energy.com/home.asp
West Chester Township recognizes the importance of telecommunications to the success of our business community. The Township-wide fiber optic networks provide our businesses with many broadband options. Currently, fiber optic cable extends along every major thoroughfare in the Township. Butler County built a fiber optic backbone network of 96 strands of fiber extending nearly 100 miles throughout the County. The Butler County fiber network deploys more than 9,000 fiber-miles throughout the County and connects every community in Butler County to a high-speed broadband network. Neighboring counties have followed suit and the fiber optic network is being extended throughout the Cincinnati-Dayton region. The following are two of the major organizations capable of providing reliable telecommunication services to our Township businesses.
Cincinnati Bell provides a wide range of technology solutions for businesses with small, midsize and enterprise customers ranging from data centers and IT outsourcing to voice systems and disaster recovery. For more information visit http://www.cincinnatibell.com or call (513) 565-6090.
Time Warner Cable offers a full complement of business products and services for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as enterprise-sized companies, including data, voice, video, security and advertising solutions. For more information visit http://www.twcbc.com or call (866) TWC-4BIZ
Water and Sewer
Water and sewer services in West Chester are provided by the Butler County Department of Environmental Services. BCDES offers water and wastewater service to a growing population of more than 100,000 in West Chester, Lemon, Liberty, Fairfield, Hanover, and Ross Townships, the City of Monroe, and the Village of New Miami. BCDES's Solid Waste Management District is responsible for making recycling and waste reduction options available to all Butler County residents. (513) 887-3066 or http://www.butlercountydes.org/