Whittington is hopeful the airport will be a boon to the area’s economy. Pointing to a state map that showed regional airports, he observed that in southeastern Indiana, “there’s a void” that the new company will fill.
According to a 2012 Indiana Airports’ Economic Impact Study, Hoosier airports are responsible for 69,149 jobs, a $4.1 billion payroll and whopping $14.1 billion economic output. “That’s big.”
Here he projected that six jobs could grow to 23 and that 300 airport users could triple to 1,000 in the future. Of the $400,000 payroll, the owner predicted, “That can get up to $1.3 million pretty quick.”
Of the airport, Whittington noted, “We think it’s a real, real value to the community. We’re open for business.” He invited citizens to tour the facility.
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