Airport report Zoom meeting next Monday

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Jena Doak, [email protected]

Sweetwater County, Wyoming — Airports promote growth and prosperity in their communities. However, if a community prefers other options than flying out of their local airport, economic growth in the area is negatively impacted.

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If planes fly out, then they can return with visitors. However, if the planes are not flying out, the community will see less tourism.

Devon Brubaker, Director of Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport, will hold a Zoom meeting Monday, February 7, at 12:00 p.m. to discuss this phenomenon, as well as other challenges.

“If we are not flying out of Rock Springs, then the airlines could just pull out of our area and not operate here, which would mean we wouldn’t have an airport for people coming in, either,” said Rick Lee, CEO of Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce. “We want to make sure that we are putting bodies in seats so that there are flights going out.”

The Chamber recently surveyed its members to find out why people choose to not fly out of Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport.

“The numbers are real low,” said Lee. “A lot of folks choose to fly out of Salt Lake City or Denver. There are also some small industry challenges, and we just want Devon to have the opportunity to talk about these challenges.”

Those wishing to take part in the Zoom conference call on Monday, February 7, at 12:00 p.m. to hear Brubaker’s presentation may register for the call at the Rock Springs Chamber of Commerce website.

Those in attendance will learn just how valuable and important the airport really is as an economic driver to the economy.

“It just comes down to shopping local,” said Lee. “It is no different than going to our local car dealers or local retailers.”

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