What is a port authority?
A port authority is a political subdivision formed by a local community under Ohio Revised Code Section 4582. 

How is a port authority created? 
Dependant upon the level of government a port authority is created by a resolution or ordinance. A port authority is a government entity that will facilitate economic activity, capital investment, job creation and retention in Ohio. 

What does a port authority do? 
Ohio law allows port authorities to construct facilities, issue bonds, make loans, and sell or buy real and personal property.

Why use a port authority? 
A port authority can structure, package and coordinate the financing transaction with multiple lenders including commercial banks, state financing and other public sector financing. Port authorities can own property: hold title under a capital lease; own property under an off-balance sheet lease; own infrastructure that is essential to a project, i.e. parking structures.