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Kalispell Chamber of Commerce Takes Positive Stance on City Airport

July 11, 2016View for printing

At tonight's City Council meeting, the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce will stand in favor of the Kalispell City Airport remaining open for continued aviation use.

At their June board meeting, the Kalispell Chamber's Board of Directors heard from several local businesses and discussed the proposed options put forth regarding the City Airport, before settling on their position.

Reasoning for the Chamber's position include: the airport plays a vital role in emergency response, law enforcement, and disaster management when needed; it is an essential public facility with numerous Kalispell enterprises using it in their regular course of business to manage their operations around the state and region and create more jobs in Kalispell; and, the airport supports recreational and flight training aviation activities that benefit the community.

"We encourage the City Council to select an alternative in the South Kalispell Urban Renewal Plan that preserves continued operation of the airport", said chamber president Joe Unterreiner. "The City Airport is a valuable asset to the community and represents an 80+ year commitment by the City to the aviation community".

For complete comments regarding the Chamber's position on the City Airport, please refer to the attached letter to City Council.

About the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau

Since 1904, the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau has been a leading voice in strengthening our community and the business climate, with the goal of making Kalispell and the Flathead Valley an ideal location to live and work. The Chamber consists of 700 businesses and organizations, which employ over half of the workforce in Flathead County, Montana.

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