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CAPITAL CITY AIRPORT RENAISSANCE BEGINS

 CAPITAL CITY AIRPORT RENAISSANCE BEGINS
 NEW CUMBERLAND, Pa., Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Transportation


Secretary Howard Yerusalim today unveiled the Capital City Airport Renaissance Plan, which charts the growth and development at the facility over the next 20 years.
 "Today, we begin a new and exciting chapter in the history of this
state-owned airport," Yerusalim said. "We have a vision to turn this airport into a 'model' business and general aviation facility with a bright and vibrant future."
 Yerusalim also inspected the newly reconstructed, $1.6 million runway apron at the airport, one of a number of infrastructure improvements recently undertaken.
 The Renaissance Plan was developed by a 20-member panel of state and local officials and business representatives organized to determine priorities for the airport's future.
 The panel began work last March and identified six goals for the airport, which is located on the York/Cumberland County border, south of Harrisburg.
 They set the airport's goals as:
 -- Increasing aviation use.
 -- Increasing the airport's economic development potential to the mid-state region.
 -- Achieving financial self-sufficiency within five years.
 -- Improving the airport's buildings and grounds.
 -- Adding new services tailored to the business community.
 -- Establishing an industrial marketing plan.
 "Our goal is that Capital City be a vibrant contributor to the central Pennsylvania economy and that it attract general aviation traffic from Harrisburg International Airport so that we may fully utilize both facilities," Yerusalim said.
 The Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is advertising to hire a private contractor to manage day-to-day operations at the airport and expects to complete the selection process by next spring.
 The contractor also will be responsible for remodeling the terminal building and improving the airport property, for building new hanger facilities, for increasing business travel at the airport, and for implementing the airport's marketing plan.
 Yerusalim said PennDOT plans to seek greater community input into the airport's long-range planning.
 "A key element of this plan is the partnership we will foster with the community to develop the airport," Yerusalim said. "Our plan will have a strong customer and community relations focus."
 The apron reconstruction is the latest project completed under a $6.6 million program to rehabilitate the aviation infrastructure at the airport.
 The 91,000-square-foot apron was expanded by nearly 22,000 square feet. It was repaved and underwent storm drain improvements. The former pavement was recycled into the new apron's sub-base.
 The apron is designed to provide a greater level of service and safety for the airport's users, Yerusalim said.
 Capital City Airport supports 58,000 landings and take-offs annually.
 In addition to the Capital City and Harrisburg International airport, the state owns the Grand Canyon Airport in Tioga County.
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 /CONTACT: Rick Schoen of the PennDOT, 717-783-8800/ CO: Department of Transportation ST: Pennsylvania IN: AIR SU:


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