John Ehlers, president of the Northwest Civic Association board of trustees, announced last week that the dean of the College of Engineering at Ohio State University will be the featured guest at this year's annual meeting in April.

John Ehlers, president of the Northwest Civic Association board of trustees, announced last week that the dean of the College of Engineering at Ohio State University will be the featured guest at this year's annual meeting in April.

Speaking at the February session of the civic association's board of trustees, Ehlers said he extended the invitation during a recent meeting he had with David B. Williams and OSU Airport Director Doug Hammond.

The purpose of the gathering, the board president said, was to discuss the future of Don Scott Field.

The College of Engineering oversees the airport operations.

In accepting, Ehlers said Williams suggested the topic for his talk at the April 22 gathering would be economic development.

To that end, Ehlers said other speakers might be invited to weigh in on the topic, including perhaps representatives of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

The outcome of the meeting with Hammond and Williams was encouraging, from the civic association's standpoint, Ehlers reported to the other trustees and those in the audience.

Although some land along West Case Road and some fronting West Dublin-Granville Road currently owned by the university might be sold for development in the relatively near future, the next two or three years, the vast majority of airport property will continue to be an airport, Ehlers said.

Instead of the oft-rumored plan to sell the airport site to fund other aspects of the university, the current plan is to continue to use the facility for research and perhaps to expand airport activities, he added.

"That's all good news for us," Ehlers said.

Ehlers also said airport officials are planning to hold an open house at Don Scott Field in October.