NEW ALBANY —
The effect of the legislation, should it be enacted, is hoped to be improved economic development in Southeast Indiana.
“The Clark County Regional Airport is an important part of the economy in our corner of the state,” Stemler said in the release. “Senate Bill 535 links in with plans for economic growth in the area by giving administrative authority to the people who understand the impact of their decisions best.”
Grooms had previously said by creating an airport authority, the region’s transportation capabilities would be improved and would serve as a magnet for more businesses.
Expansion plans at the airport are under way to extend the runway to 7,000 feet; the Clark County Commissioners have committed to building a connector road from River Ridge to the airport; railroad access is available nearby; the planned east-end bridge will improve interstate connectivity; and with the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville providing access to the Ohio River, a full transportation network would be created.