Agenda at a Glance

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.

Featured Speakers

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. 

Learn more about Platinum PR and their services by clicking here.

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

Support and their services by clicking here. 

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

Aviation and their services by clicking here.

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

Development Group and their services by clicking here.

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

Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) and their services by

clicking here.