Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Major Improvements for A.L. Mangham, Jr. Regional Airport

U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison made a special announcement regarding the A.L. Mangham, Jr., Regional Airport, Friday, November 3 at the old terminal building. The big news was that $4 million in federal dollars had passed all the hurdles needed to be targeted toward some major improvements for the airport. State Representative Roy Blake, Jr and Nacogdoches Mayor Bob Dunn joined Senator Hutchison at the news conference. Also, former Nacogdoches Mayor A.L. Mangham, Jr.- for whom the airport is named was present. Hutchison, who owns a house on Mound Street and has family ties to Nacogdoches, said the money would be used, among other projects, to lengthen and improve the airport's runway, which would allow larger planes to land in Nacogdoches to assist in economic development. "It's a big day," she said.
An extended runway will make the airport more accessible to jets and other aircraft, she said. And that matters when the city is working with various industries to help bring more economic development to the oldest town in Texas. "This will add so much potential," Hutchison said. "And you know I'm very committed to the future of Nacogdoches, in every way."
In addition, there was a ceremony officially opening the City's recently renovated pilots' lounge - including a posting of the Colors by the City's Public Safety Color Guard.
Source: City of Nacogdoches and The Daily Sentinel


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