February 22, 2010

Opposing Presentation at the BOAC.

I just attended a Board of Aviation Commissioners meeting tonight in my hometown. I've spoke of the airport expansion project in previous posts, and tonight I made a presentation in opposition of that expansion.

Here is the video

What's happening is the City is trying to expand our local airport through a federal granting program called the AIP, or Airport Improvement Program, which the FAA oversees. This program is designed to give grant money to airports for expansions, new runways, new aprons, land acquisition...basically everything except hangars and hotdogs. And its at little cost, because it will mostly come from federal tax dollars, which we all know is our dollars.

This project is being sold on the premise it will create jobs. But that is unproven for these little airports, at least for the moment. We've only been given national fluff pieces that use the words..."could, maybe and potentially."

My biggest complaint, though, is that the City will take land by eminent domain in order to build this airport. This, to me, is morally wrong. But morality doesn't translate too well, so I presented them with census data from 45 areas that either built or expanded their airports. Here is the data I compiled.


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The first sheet explains pretty well, the who, what, when, how, why and where. But for those who want further explanation, I compared employment data and income data from 2000 to 2006-2008 for each of these areas. I took percentages of that and extrapolated it to "what can we expect to happen" in our area in 8 years.

It basically showed that these 45 areas didn't show a marked improvement in employment or income in 8 years after they built or expanded an airport. That should surprise anyone who thinks airports create jobs. It surprised me when I started compiling it.

I felt the Board did treat me fairly, but my hope is they will treat the information I presented fairly. I remain positive!

6 comments :

  1. Hi Brack, Great comments and I checked out your data. Taking the data to the airport board is a waste of your time. They have dedicated their lives to shoving this airport down everyones throat. I think you should present your findings to the City Council. They alone can put a stop to all this nonsense. Thanks... Marc Haston

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  2. Stay hopeful Marc, you and your family obviously have so much more invested in this than I do. We are all made to feel uncomfortable when we are presented with new information that could change our minds. I think the BOAC and the Mayor have a tremendous opportunity here...to look at the facts that have been presented and then to shove the paper money back to the feds and let them know we don't need it.

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  3. I have been "casually" observing this conflict for a while now and I cannot get past how idiotic it is to try to expand this "transportation hub" adjacent to the main recreation area in our small community. (ball parks, the park, the bowling alley and the fairgrounds).

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  4. Although many are concerned about the safety of the current and proposed airport, it's a non-issue for me because they built the parks after the airport.

    I would encourage you to turn your "casual" observing into an email or phonecall to the mayor@cityofgreensburg.com. Thanks for your comments.

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  5. i don't have a "view" on this topic one way or the other, but I hate it when gov't accepts money for no other reason than to accept it. strings are always attached and someone will pay for it down the road. but then again why put off today what someone else can pay for tomorrow.....

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  6. this will be a 20-year commitment once $32,000,000 gets spent to expand it. And its all paper money, for as we all know, the feds don't have a dime. Starting with Bush and following through with Obama, they are printing money to pay for projects like this.

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