How to Survive a ‘Big’ Disaster
The city of St. James, Arkansas, has a population of just over 8,000, and its main airport is the airport that serves the state capital.
The town is also home to a sprawling Walmart and many other retailers.
The community is home to more than 30 percent of the state’s Walmart employees, and there’s no doubt that Walmart has a vested interest in St. Louis being part of this state.
St. Johns Airport serves as the nation’s busiest commercial airport, and the region has become the site of many large, multi-billion dollar deals.
However, the St. Charles County Airport is in a precarious position.
The airport has lost a third of its revenue in the last five years, and it’s also a critical hub for traffic for both the Missouri River Valley and the entire metro area.
The St. Joseph Airport is also a major hub for the Missouri Department of Transportation.
If the airport were to shut down, the city of over 1.4 million people would lose millions in revenue and its residents would be left without transportation and basic services, such as the ability to purchase gasoline.
The only solution St. John Airport has been considering is to sell the land and the airport, but that could cost St. Augustine the opportunity to become a destination for tourists, which is critical to the area’s economy.
With St. James church hosting the annual Springsteen Festival and the St Johns City Council deciding that the airport could be sold to fund a public transportation system, St.
James residents are rallying around the idea.
They are also calling for the airport to be sold off to a private entity to help fund a project that will transform the area into a more livable place.
“The only way to save St.
James Airport is to take it and turn it into a destination that people can get to and stay there,” said J.C. Pritchard, president of St James Business Association.
“That would be an enormous benefit for the St JAMES community.”
The St Jamsons City Council voted 3-2 in June to consider selling the airport and using proceeds from the sale to support a transportation project.
The city and airport are scheduled to meet with St. Clair County to discuss the potential sale of the airport at a meeting on Wednesday.
“We need to make this happen,” said councilmember John Fetter, a St Jms resident.
“If they sell, I’m all for it.”
Pritcherts plans for the sale include building a new airport terminal on the site and renovating the old one.
The City Council is also looking at other ideas to save the airport.
The current airport terminal has served as a parking lot and was used for airport operations.
Pushing to tear it down, Pritchers plans to build a new terminal and install an additional 50 parking spaces in the existing terminal to make it accessible for the masses.
“I have no doubt this airport would be a major asset for St. St James, St Augustine and the surrounding areas,” said Pritches executive director, Tom Miller.
“Our plan is to move it into the future and turn the airport into an asset for our community.”
St. Jerome Airport, in St Augustine, is not only home to St. Julius Church, but also the St James Airport.
The small airport is a few miles from the city and the town is known for hosting the Springsteen festival.
“In St. Julie’s view, it’s a very significant economic development opportunity,” said City Councilmember John S. Smith, a member of St James’ St. Joe-Phelps Township.
“It’s a really beautiful place, it has a great downtown and the population is growing.
It’s a major economic development.
St Jys has a lot of tourism, a lot more than the St Joe-Jobs Township.”
St Jies Mayor, James L. Ketchum, said that St.
Julius has a strong plan in place to save its airport.
“St. Jams and St. Julies have been working together on this issue for the last few years,” Ketchums told Next Big Futures.
“With the help of the community, we’ve made progress.
The last piece was the StJames Airport’s purchase of the land in 2018.
That agreement with StJams has been a huge success for the community.”
Sometime in the future, St Jius is hoping to take over the airport as part of a development plan.
The council’s next meeting is scheduled for February 17.
For more information on the airport’s plans, check out the St Louis Post-Dispatch article.