As DHL Express prepares to cut up to 9,500 jobs nationally, most of which would come from its hub in Wilmington, the company last week said it would be willing to donate its airport there to a public entity for redevelopment. The 2,200-acre DHL Air Park is currently the largest privately run airport in the county.

The move comes a week after Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said the state would pursue acquisition of the airport “intensively and immediately,” along with a series of other measures intended to blunt the blow to ­Clinton County.

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