In transitioning from the role of councilman to Mayor, I have been focused on how we can improve our great city, as well as working diligently to continue the good work that went on before I was elected Mayor of Minden.
One of those projects is the Minden Airport. During the LDRC (Louisiana Development Ready Communities) initiative, which better prepares us for economic growth, we learned that our airport is top notch and considered a great asset for our business community as we seek to bring new industry to the area and offer convenience to existing business.
An airport improvement plan has been implemented over a 10 year period and is already underway.
Thirty new T-hangars are under construction, and according to the DOTD (Department of Transportation & Development) the bids were as low as we could have hoped for, and, therefore DOTD recommended that we proceed with the construction of all 30 units. We already have 24 aircraft located at Minden's airport.
Removing existing hangars, relocating the fuel station and terminals, and completing the parallel taxiway are other phases of the plan we are looking forward to implementing.
Improving the airport's hangar capacity and safety will have a direct and lasting impact on the airport itself and a positive effect on industry and business in our city.
It has been shown that our airport is vital to economic growth and development. Previous local companies have used the airport on a regular basis and it is important to continue to offer that convenience to our existing and new businesses.
The DOTD and FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) are funding the majority of our airport projects because they consider Minden a high priority.
Reports and comments have let us know our airport is significant because it is outside of the control areas of Barksdale Air Force Base and Shreveport airports, making flight scheduling easier for local and national flights.
Minden Airport projects have been selected to be "fast tracked" by the DOTD and FAA because of the location and relationships established with the entities.
I look forward to seeing our airport improved as we continue to grow our city through projects and relationships.