Minnesota Legislature and Governor Approve Funding for St. Cloud Regional Airport Study

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Minnesota Legislature and Governor Approve Funding for St. Cloud Regional Airport Study

 St. Cloud, MN, June 1, 2017– The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation led a successful effort to secure funding for a grant to study air transport optimization planning for the St. Cloud Regional Airport.  The appropriation was included in the transportation bill approved by the Minnesota legislature and signed in to law this week by Governor Dayton.

This one time appropriation of $250,000 will be used to conduct an air transport optimization planning study for the St. Cloud Regional Airport. The study must be comprehensive and market-based, using economic development and air service expertise to research, analyze, and develop models and strategies that maximize the return on investments made to enhance the use and economic impact of the St. Cloud Regional Airport.

In collaboration with the city of St. Cloud and area counties, the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation will lead efforts to develop the study, provide project management and assist with communication with various stakeholders in Stearns, Benton and Sherburne counties.

By January 5, 2018 a report with recommendations based on the findings of the study must be submitted to the governor and the members and staff of the legislative committees with jurisdiction over capital investment, transportation, and economic development with recommendations based on the findings of the study.  The city of St. Cloud will serve as the fiscal host for the grant funds. 

In a related subject, the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting Legislative Connections: Session Wrap Up Breakfast on June 9.  More information is available at https://www.stcloudareachamber.com/Special-Events/Legislators or by calling (320) 251-2940.

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About the Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation

The Greater St. Cloud Development Corporation (GSDC) is a non-profit (501c3) collaboration of more than 250 regional public and private organizations in Central Minnesota.  Its mission is to lead economic development for the benefit of the Greater St. Cloud region. Strategic initiatives include business retention, expansion and attraction, transportation, talent, innovation, workplace wellbeing, and Downtown St. Cloud.  The GSDC is funded through investor contributions from private businesses, higher education, public entities, personal contributions, and grants.  All actions are self-governed by the organization’s investors, boards and various committees.  Learn more at www.greaterstcloud.com.

Posted on June 1, 2017 .