FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 21, 2017
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL – The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) board today voted to confirm Commissioner Patti Gartland as the board’s new vice chair. Gartland was nominated for the position by MAC Chair Dan Boivin.
“Patti Gartland’s expertise in public administration and economic development are invaluable to our discussions and decision-making process,” Boivin said. “I look forward to working closely with Patti in her new role as we continue to explore new air service opportunities and efforts to improve the air travel experience in Minnesota.”
Gartland was appointed to the MAC board by Gov. Mark Dayton in March 2014 as one of four commissioners representing greater Minnesota. On the board, she has served as vice chair of the Management and Operations Committee. That committee focuses on issues related to the operation of Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) and the MAC’s six general aviation airports located in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.
“It is truly an honor to serve as vice chair of the Metropolitan Airports Commission and to help ensure the air transportation experience in Minnesota is second to none,” Gartland said. “I am very fortunate to be part of a board of commissioners with such extensive and diverse experience. Through dedication and innovation, the MAC’s 600 employees have built an organization with a strong reputation for leadership throughout the airport industry. I look forward to working with fellow commissioners, MAC staff and the people who use our airports as the industry and our airports continue to evolve.”
A public corporation of the state of Minnesota, the MAC generates more than $350 million in annual revenues through operation of its airports. Those revenues are used to operate, maintain and improve the MAC’s airport system.
MSP International is the nation’s 16th busiest airport, serving more than 37.5 million travelers in 2016. The airport is the largest economic generator in Minnesota, spurring more than $10 billion in annual economic activity and supporting 76,000 area jobs. Fourteen airlines provide direct service to a total 155 locations from MSP.
In addition to her service to the MAC, Gartland, serves as president of the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation. Previously, she was city administrator of Sartell for nearly 12 years. She is vice chair for the Minnesota Medical Manufacturing Partnership and also has served on the boards of the Minnesota Land Trust and the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. In addition, she is past chair of the St. Cloud Area Wastewater Advisory Commission and past board member and chair for the United Way of Central Minnesota.
Gartland resides in St. Cloud.
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