In February the City of Sisters voted to annex the Eagle airport property into the city.
A new Honda like this will be
seen at this Airport in 2015
Renewable Energy Incubator
The airport is owned by the entrepreneur team of Benny and Julie Benson, both engineers and the founders of ENERGYneering Solutions, Inc.®. Specialists in renewable energy from design engineering to operations now headquartered at the airport.
They hired Hobbs Magaret to take charge of managing the airport. He spearhead the effort to expand and resurface the runway. Working with the Oregon Department of Transportation public-private partnership program Hobbs lead a successful grant application to obtain the necessary funding. Last year the expanded airstrip reopened in May 2013. Now 3550 feet in length and 60 feet wide the airstrip serves a much broader range of aircraft including many private and corporate jets.
With the completion of the annexation they plan to attract other businesses in the renewable energy industry to locate in the Eagle Airport region.
Sisters is long known as a hamlet of artists and thinkers, inspired by the splendor of the region. In many ways the science of sustainability is an art in and of itself. Applying he cycle of life to the cold absolutes of engineering and limitations of physics to reach the maximum efficiency and minimizing impact on our world. That's art, isn't it?
The focus on renewable energy fits well into the regions environmental culture as well, it will expand the alternative energy industry "talent" and businesses clustering in the region.
The public-private partnership concept has served this community well.
The Evolution of Travel...
Another economic opportunity for the area, the high end lodging industry in particular, is the increase in private travel amongst the affluent and business travelers. As reported earlier the emergence of Honda's new jet will likely increase the rate of growth in private air travel. Honda has a history of doing just that in both the automobile and motorcycle industries.
Understanding this market and developing strategies to target it will dramatically increase off-season travel and "select" room rates in all seasons. One of the best examples in the country of how to attract this growing jet traveler is Bandon Dunes. Newport Airport is also having success in this market.
The artisan community stand to do very well also, in particular, fine arts galleries will see more 'well heeled' buyers and I suspect architects and designers will have an opportunity to see them as well. Unique home furnishings also, the affluent will direct their Interior and exterior designers to sources for unique furniture and woodcraft, furniture and wood crafters from throughout the region would benefit by understanding this market.
Expanded and resurfaced runway is 3550 Long and 60 Feet wide.
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