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Functions and Benefits of Rural Airports in Washington

Description: This report identifies the wide range of benefits that rural communities receive because they have an airport. The answers found in this report are developed from several sources but primarily from a close look at three case study areas in Washington State, the communities surrounding Omak in North Central Washington, the Goldendale – Dallesport area of Klickitat County in South Central Washington, and Forks in the far Northwestern corner of Washington State.

The information presented in this report is primarily drawn from the experience and knowledge of individuals in these communities. Included are members of civic organizations, business owners - both aviation and non-aviation related, pilots, elected officials, economic development professionals, planning professionals, hospital administrators, social workers, other health service professionals, EMS professionals, airport managers, and fire fighting professionals.

  • Date Published: February, 2002
  • Publication Number: WA-RD 557.1
  • Last Modified: April 25, 2007
  • Authors: Jon Newkirk, Ken Casavant.
  • Originator: Washington State University.
  • # of Pages: 103 p., 592 KB (PDF)
  • Subject: Airports, Benefits, Businesses, Communities, Disasters and emergency operations, Economic development, Emergency transportation, General aviation, Health care, Rural areas, Trade.
  • Keywords: Airports, aviation, communities, economic development, emergency medical care, public facilities, rural areas, transportation, Omak, Goldendale, Dallesport, Forks.
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This abstract was last modified April 29, 2008