Jack Welch, former CEO of GE, was in many ways a pioneer for executives and leadership. In Jack: Straight from the Gut, he tells, “I’ve learned that mistakes can often be as good a teacher as success.” So true, as many of us have made blunders both large and small. I can look back and realize that the many things that haven’t gone our way since starting this magazine have only paved the way for future opportunities. One thing that has always lifted me is to be able to meet with those we write about and who market their services in the magazine. These encounters give me a boost to share in your success, and your passion and opinions fuel an endless list of future stories.

One topic of heated discussion our staff seems to consistently encounter is the problems with the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. I find that many feel intuitively that local travelers have been taken for granted or devalued. There is no doubt that our businesses suffer as a result of the high fares, and yet most recognize that the region’s economy could also be affected if our airport loses the business its gets from the airlines. Realizing that there are many sides to this challenge, I would like to give credit to our editor, Greg Loomis, Felix Winternitz, James Pilcher and the many others in the business community who deserve thanks for contributing their thoughtful insights on the airport story on page 34.

I would venture to say we are not the first to take a look at why CVG rates are so high, but we will point out that mistakes have been made and we are concerned about future decisions. The fact that the airport isn’t truly governed by a regional authority and meanwhile gets federal funding under the pretense of representing the Greater Cincinnati area begets questions of cronyism and the absence of fortitude among our local congressmen. A daily report on talk radio fed by airport and airline interests won’t be moving the ball forward any time soon.
OK, so what now? Like Jack Welch would preach, let’s learn from it. I think the region’s leadership is definitely up to the task of recognizing past errors and driving forward with an action plan. And I do think “action” is the main thing. A wait-and-see attitude just doesn’t seem to be working.

As always, we really do welcome your feedback. Share your opinion online at www.cincymagazine.com. In light of recent maneuvers of the airlines that will allow us to reset our course of action, it’s time to create opportunity together. I’d like to think this lesson might not have to be taught twice.