The planning committee has developed a program rich in educational programming for airport staff, sponsor administrative and economic development officials and other aviation stakeholders. Sessions this year focus on positioning and developing airports as essential economic development drivers in your community and the short term and long term tools that are necessary to make that happen.
Since no conference can be all work and no play, we are also working on some great entertainment and networking opportunities in addition to the dessert reception and the annual Aviation Awards Banquet.
Some of this year's sessions include:
Economic Development and the Airport Industry: How to Work Together to Help Your Airport Grow & Thrive
Sandy Sponaugle, Platinum PR
During this interactive presentation and workshop, you’ll learn how
economic development works and how you (an airport professional)
can partner up to create more economic success in your community.
General Aviation Perspective: Schedulers & Dispatchers
Jim Hopkins, Signature Flight Support
Steve Gaines, Flight Group Corp
Learn about their roles and responsibilities, what
information they need about your airport, what tools they
use, and how airports can best roll out the red carpet for
their customers. Learn more about Signature Flight
On-Airport Business Perspective: Duncan Aviation
Bill Prochazka, Duncan Aviation
learn about the extensive search that Duncan embarked on before selecting
Provo, Utah as an expansion site for their business and the perspectives of
an on-airport business who is in pursuit of long-term success for their
business, the airport, and the greater community. Learn more about Duncan
The Site-Selector Perspective
Jeanette Goldsmith, Strategic Development Group
How can our community stand out among the rest? How can the airport
help with a pitch? What data do site selectors really need? What hurdles
might turn-off businesses during the site selection process? Learn about this
and more at the Virginia Aviation Conference. Learn more about the Strategic
Virginia is Taking Off!
Lyndsay Hurt, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Virginia has woven together a robust array of initiatives and assistance to
help Virginia compete successfully in the global economy. Learn more
about programs and successes during this session. Learn more about the
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