Washington, D.C. – Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) visited Grand Island on Wednesday to present the Central Nebraska Regional Airport with the 2018 Excellence in Economic Development award, including recognition before the U.S. House of Representatives, found here.
Central Nebraska Regional Airport, Grand Island: A Grand Island area airport was opened originally by the Grand Island Aero Company, organized by World War I pilot Floyd Thompson, on private land owned by H.O. Doc Woodward in 1919. Other than a stint as a U.S. Government training facility for the 6th, 502nd, and 376th Bombardment Groups during World War II, the Grand Island area airport has enjoyed a long history of local public ownership and commercial use. The facility is known today as the Central Nebraska Regional Airport. In 2016, it completed the construction of a $14 million passenger terminal. When this terminal opened, its annual enplanement numbers exceeded 64,000 and its local economic impact rose above $158 million. These numbers have only continued to rise. Today, the Central Nebraska Regional Airport rivals its eastern Nebraska counterparts for service and travel availability to support residents of greater Nebraska’s travel needs.
*Smith will meet with the remaining awardees on the below dates:
Main Street Beatrice, Beatrice: Thursday 8/9: 3:00 p.m. CDT
Butler Professional Farrier School, Crawford: Monday 8/13: 9:15 a.m. MDT
Anson Family, Grand Island: Wednesday 8/15: 9:00 a.m. CDT
Blue Print Engines, Kearney: Thursday 8/30: 8:30 a.m. CDT
The Hub, Burwell: TBD
GROW Nebraska, Oxford: TBD