The availability of airports is crucial in the mix of reasons why companies chose one site over another for a new business, according to aviation industry leaders in Indiana, who are using the results of an economic impact study by the Aviation Association of Indiana to show that the 104 airports open to the public give a multibillion-dollar punch to the state’s economy each year.
According to a story in the Indianapolis Star, aviation industry leaders hope the report will encourage lawmakers in the coming session of the Indiana General Assembly to spend a little more and match federal grants for airport improvements, ultimately creating local jobs.
The story quotes Bart Giesler, executive director of the state aviation association:
“I realize that money will be tight with the state. Funding has been cut for the aviation division of the Indiana Department of Transportation, which affects the state money available to match federal grants. But with airport revenues down and property tax limits becoming effective, federal grants are a great way to bring money and jobs to the state. What we’re talking about is every dollar from the state can bring $39 in federal funds for airport construction that ultimately encourages businesses to create jobs.”