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84 Guidebook for Developing and Leasing Airport Property New Bedford Regional Airport (EWB) Airport Type: Non-Hub Tenant: Bridgewater State University Type of Business: Flight Training Facility Location: Airside SOURCE: SOURCE: Project Overview The City of New Bedford in southeastern Massachusetts is home to New Bedford Regional Airport (EWB) and Bridgewater State University. The college and the airport collaborated to convert a former Delta Air Lines pilot training facility (originally a plumber training facility) into a modern flight training facility. This collaboration was the result of mutually-vested interests by both parties. New Bedford's mayor made a strong commitment to ensure a solid aviation management program at Bridgewater State University. The New Bedford Regional Airport was an attractive location for its flight-training center due to its close proximity to campus, and the operating air traffic control tower. The conver- sion of the building was a collaborative effort between the city and the airport. The airport funded the upgrades to the building, while the city and university staff provided most of the labor in-house. Bridgewater's program caters to a broad base of students and has positively impacted the air- port and gained solid FAA support. At least 18 direct jobs have been created, and several busi- nesses have been positively affected through new fuel and maintenance contracts. Key Stakeholders The following is a list of key stakeholders responsible for the development and ultimate exe- cution of the lease arrangement: Airport Sponsor: The City of New Bedford paid approximately $50,000 to update the facility after Delta's departure and provided labor at no cost. Tenant: Bridgewater State University's operations are funded through the regular operating budget of the school. The University also provided labor in-kind to assist in preparing the facility for use as a training center. Division of Capital Asset Management: Negotiated the lease between the City and the University.