1/11/2017 - Major State Funding for Airport
CHAMBER WELCOMES MAJOR STATE FUNDING FOR AIRPORT - -
The North Country Chamber of Commerce, which serves as the Marketing and Development Agency for Plattsburgh International Airport, is welcoming Governor Andrew Cuomo's announcement today of $38 million in state funding for transformative facility developments at the airport.
"Thanks to the Clinton County Legislature, with past funding support from Washington and Albany, great strides have been made in developing passenger services at Plattsburgh International," states Garry Douglas, President of the Chamber, "taking us from zero to more than 130,000 enplanements and solidly positioning us as a long needed secondary airport for metropolitan Montreal. Now it's time to really begin the other side of the mission, which is aerospace and economic development, using the facilities and sites at Plattsburgh International to create jobs as part of our overall commitment to growing our Transportation Equipment and Aerospace cluster. This major state investment will allow us to do just that, including the construction of new buildings and the rehab of existing ones to accommodate tenants, as well as building international general aviation with a Customs site, which will make us an airport of choice for Canadian pilots and others who now stop in Vermont and elsewhere for clearance and fuel. And we'll further enhance the passenger experience as well in several specific ways, including a bus station for easy access to and from flights."
Douglas was present in Albany for the announcement and, in a conversation with the Governor, promised him he "will be proud of what is done with this investment and in response to his confidence in us."
Douglas notes that in the last ten months, Plattsburgh has now benefitted from $125 million in state funds for Norsk Titanium, $10 million for Plattsburgh as the North Country's winning downtown in the Governor's Downtown Revitalization Initiative, $61 million to the North Country under last month's Regional Economic Development Council awards, and now $38 million for Plattsburgh International Airport. "We clearly have earned the attention, confidence and support of Governor Cuomo and his administration and are very appreciative."
The airport's funding proposal was developed by a committee of county legislators and staff and the North Country Chamber and the Development Corporation which will develop and manage one of the new industrial facilities to be created on the airport site. Douglas reports that the team worked through last weekend , starting at 4:00 a.m. last Saturday, to respond to final questions and complete the job of making the case for such a major state investment. "It was a great team effort," states Douglas.