In 2017, GSDC was successful in leading efforts to attain a $250,000 allocation from the MnDOT Aviation Fund to complete a comprehensive and broad-based planning study with the goal of optimizing the growth and development of the St. Cloud Regional Airport and increasing its economic impact on the region. The study’s outcomes will provide strategies to help maximize the return on investments made to enhance the use and impact of the Airport.
Steven Baldwin Associates (SBA) based in New York, in association with Mead & Hunt, Inc., Ailevon Pacific Aviation Consulting, Public Solutions, Inc., St. Cloud State University, School of Public Affairs and University of Minnesota Extension, was chosen as the consultant team to lead this effort.
A Regional Airport Study Advisory Committee (RASAC) has been formed and will meet monthly throughout 2018 providing feedback and guidance on study initiatives. Members of the RASAC include:
o St. Cloud Regional Airport Advisory Board: Roger Bonn, Chair
o St. Cloud Regional Airport: Bill Towle, Director
o City of St. Cloud: Cathy Mehelich, Economic Development Director
o City of Melrose (Stearns County): Mike Brethorst, City Administrator
o Benton Economic Partnership: John Uphoff, Executive Director
o Sherburne County: Dan Weber, Assistant County Administrator
o St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce: Teresa Bohnen, President
o St. Cloud Area Convention and Visitors Bureau: Julie Lunning, Executive Director
o Anderson Trucking Service: Rollie Anderson, CEO
o TJ Farms: Tom Hammer, Co-Owner
o CentraCare Health: Kurt Otto, VP Ambulatory Support, St. Cloud Hospital
o Geringhoff: Tosh Brinkerhoff, CEO
o Cold Spring Brewery: Scott Bender, Managing Partner
GSDC looks forward to working with regional representatives on the completion of this study.