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New study shows Quincy Regional Airport brings rich economic growth

Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 9:58 PM CST
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QUINCY (WGEM) - The Illinois Department of Transportation just conducted a study on the Quincy Regional Airport which Mayor Mike Troup said proves the airport is a strong economic engine for West Central Illinois and the Tri-States.

The new study shows an annual $24.7 million economic impact taking into account airport activity, visitor spending, and value added by businesses using the airport.

$18.4 million: On-airport

$6.3 million: Visitor spending

$8 million: Labor income

$12 million: Value added

It also brings 158 jobs, with more jobs created if the city decides to invest more on the airport.

Airport Director Sandra Shore said they’re already working on upgrades, but she hopes this study will help secure more funding for the airport.

“Right now, our main infrastructure improvement is our large runway project which has been at the forefront for a long time. That’s going to bring in 68 jobs per year, in construction jobs and supporting jobs in that nature,” Shore said.

Shore said besides the commercial service, the airport also supports major Quincy employers and keeps them from going out of the region for their transportation needs.

The data used for the study is based on the airport’s use in 2019.

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