Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Letters to the Editor

June 24, 2014

Weighing in on the airport expansion

In the Greensburg Daily News (GDN) article of 6-17-14 titled “Proposed Airport Expansion To Boost Job Creation, Officials Say”.... one thing lacking is current statistics to support anything stated.

Industries are changing and we must change with them. An example are statements made by a spokeswoman for Honda in a 6-12-14 GDN article.

Quote : Honda spokeswoman Anita Sipes said that Honda’s proximity to its suppliers is critical to its operations.

“We want suppliers to be close,” she said. Most of the companies suppliers are within a day’s drive, she said, which means that parts can quickly be delivered if the local production plant needs more. She said Honda chose to produce cars in Greensburg because of the proximity to rail and Interstate and the city’s central location - but also because of its strong and thriving supply base.”

An executive at NTN was contacted on this issue. We were told that this airport had nothing to do with them leaving and he gave reasons for relocation.

A 6-17-14 GDN article states that this expansion will be a 17 million dollar expansion....the Airport Layout Plan (ALP) of the airport board shows that as phase 1. There are 3 phases in their ALP at a proposed total of 32 million over 20 years.

Politicians love grant money. Taxpayers do not. When a grant is taken from the (FAA) it comes with all sorts of compliances. Compliances cost.

GDN article of 6/13/14 , states the following: “Decatur County added jobs at a faster pace last year than all but one of Indiana’s 92 counties,” “and the county’s unemployment rate recently fell to 5 percent.”

Other counties have “expanded airports,” how did we beat out all but one county on job creation without this expansion? In my opinion, this proves there is no need for this expansion. Our current airport can be brought up to FAA safety standards without the current plan and is still eligible for FAA grant money.

Jean JohannigmanGreensburg

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