Minnesota’s airport personnel must often justify to city council or county board members the need to undertake improvement projects. One way an airport can show its importance is for it to show its economic impact on the surrounding community. Doing so will illustrate how the community as a whole benefits from having an airport nearby, regardless of the airport’s size.
To meet that need, William Gartner, professor of applied economics, and a team of University of Minnesota researchers embarked on a study to determine the economic impact small and medium-sized commercial and general aviation airports have on their local communities.
From that information, they developed an interactive Web-based tool that airport
personnel can use to calculate a specific airport’s economic impact.
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