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44 Guidebook for Developing and Leasing Airport Property 3.5.3 Local Government Involvement of local government entities and community organizations throughout the plan- ning and negotiation process is important to the successful outcome of an airport development project. Examples of these organizations are Mayor's office/City Manager, City or County Council or Board of Commissioners, Local Department of Transportation, and Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) or Metropolitan Transportation Planning Orga- nization (MTPO). The airport sponsor should develop ongoing relationships with these entities in order to achieve the full benefit for the airport. Cooperation among the governmental organizations can often lead to synergies in planning and funding that can impact airport development projects for years into the future. Open and ongoing communication between organizations can open devel- opment opportunities and revenue sources that the airport sponsor may or may not have con- sidered in the course of normal planning. 3.5.4 Community Organizations Involvement and partnerships with local business organizations can lead to tangible benefits for airport development projects. Airports can be essential resources for local businesses and organizations such as industrial foundations and chambers of commerce, and these organiza- tions are often eager to help. Businesses and employers in most communities are frequent users of the airport because air travel brings the benefit of greater efficiency with respect to time. Whether their airport use consists of scheduled service at hub airports or the charter of air taxi service, local businesses and organizations are important facets of a community and can be strong allies when it comes to developing airport property. Even if tangible resources are not gained through these relationships, the understanding, support, and alignment of businesses, employers, and business organizations can be vital in galvanizing community support and achieving airport goals. All users, both public and private, Hospitals and emergency service providers are other examples of commu- should be considered when devel- nity organizations that may use the airport and that may be able to lend sup- oping airport property. The port in the development of the airport. Hospitals often rely on airports for Coastal Carolina Regional Airport logistical purposes: the movement of organs for transplant purposes, air ambu- received support in developing the lance for medically critical patients, and provision of blood/plasma are exam- new FBO terminal from local com- ples of how airports may touch the local or regional hospital. Similarly, fixed panies that regularly conducted and rotor-wing law enforcement aircraft may utilize airport facilities for the business at the airport. After support of their operations, either on a permanent basis or in times of height- attracting $250,000 in state grants ened emergency or special event. In some cases these organizations require for site improvements and access permanent facilities; in other cases they require as-needed access to facilities. roads, the local business commu- Regardless, these are prominent community organizations and service pro- nity stepped in and donated over viders and can be powerful allies in gaining support for airport development $35,000 worth of equipment, fur- and the airport in general. niture, and fixtures in support of the improved "front door" to the region. To show its appreciation, 3.5.5 Colleges and Universities the FBO installed plaques identify- Universities and colleges (including local community colleges) fit into the ing the sponsor business in each of categories of both employer and community organization, as many times they the donated rooms. are amongst the largest employers in town. These educational institutions bear further consideration within the discussion of external stakeholders and