Ongoing improvement projects will bring Ozark Airport-Blackwell Field to a level well above cities of Ozark’s size
The total project cost is $987,319, with a federal share of the grant being $888,583, with a local match of $98,731.
Part of phase I will be utility relocation, beginning construction of a partial parallel taxiway, provide drainage system for the entire site and constructing a detention pond along highway 231.
FY 2015 grant requests will include completing the partial parallel taxiway, construct aircraft parking apron, construct entrance from HWY 231 to new terminal site and vehicle parking lot at terminal. This funding will be obtained from the FAA, State and local funds.
State and local funds will be used to construct a General Aviation Terminal building. This building will provide a pilot lounge, public restrooms, break room, flight planning area, reception area, WiFi connection, and conference rooms for the pilots and flying public.
Blankenship stated, “Through the formation of a strategic plan for Ozark Airport-Blackwell Field, we took a hard look at the assets of the airport as well as areas for improvements. Overwhelmingly, there was a desire for more pilot services such as: accessibility to flight planning, WiFi, area where food could be purchased, courtesy car and/or rental car, public restrooms and a pilot lounge for corporate traffic. We feel certain at the conclusion of these projects we will have meet most of the immediate needs as well as provide the opportunity for attracting more corporate aircraft using Blackwell Field.”
General aviation airports, in particular, have a direct impact on their regional economy, boosting jobs, local investment and directly and indirectly generating important tax revenue for the City of Ozark. Airports also help keep existing employers in a community and attract new ones to a region because companies are eager to capitalize on the transportation and other competitive advantages that an airport provides-primarily, easy access to regional, national and world markers. Companies and business developers look for ready access to air transportation when they make decisions on where to locate new businesses, offices and facilities.
“This project will be a valuable tool for economic development for the City of Ozark.”