While the price tag on the project approaches a half-million dollars, the city will only have to fund $23,000 toward the improvements.
It might be years before we see such an investment paying dividends in terms of any real economic development, but any financial advisor would likely approve of a nearly 1,900 percent return on the initial investment.
We applaud city officials for securing federal money to help pay for improvements to our community. No doubt there are people out there who will argue that there are more important ways to spend that money, and to a certain extent that’s probably true. But anytime we can obtain federal funds to complete 95 percent of a project, we see that as a good thing.
A functional airport with useful facilities is a great benefit to any community. Nearly any large company that considers new locations to either relocate or expand would want this available.
We’re fortunate to have a strong, secure manufacturing sector here in Grand Haven, but we would be remiss if we weren’t formulating a plan to recruit more in the future.
Good airport facilities would be a step in that direction.
Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to firstname.lastname@example.org or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.