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Industrial Park Set For Construction Near Raleigh County Airport

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Site preparations began Monday on an industrial park at the Raleigh County Memorial Airport.

The 105-acre park is planned as part of an aviation and economic development hub in the southern part of the state. The New River Gorge Development Authority officially began work on the project after accepting a $7.7 million bid from A.L.L. Construction last Saturday.

The authority plans to use the park to attract aerospace and cargo firms to the area. It’s also meant to provide jobs for the local labor force – New River Gorge Community and Technical College expects to have its aviation and maintenance technician program open by the end of 2024.

Other recent developments at the airport include federal grant funding from the Federal Aviation Administration and Economic Development Administration, the construction of a training hangar for aviation maintenance students and funding for a new road that would connect the airport to rail transportation.

Overall, the total investment in improvements being made to the airport and nearby facilities totals $8.3 million.

The industrial park is planned to be completed in a year, according to the agency.