CHEROKEE COUTY – At the October 8 Cherokee County Commissioners’ Court meeting, the Commission unanimously approved acceptance of a vehicle donation from the Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation.
The vehicle, a 2014 Ford Expedition, will be put in service as a “courtesy vehicle” at Cherokee County Airport.
“The JEDCO Board of Directors recognizes the airport’s importance to the local economy and took this action to ensure airport business travelers are met with first-class amenities. The airport is the gateway to Jacksonville for many current and prospective businesses”, said JEDCO Chairman Darrell Dement. “JEDCO is happy to provide this vehicle and believes it will reflect positively on Jacksonville and the region.”
“On behalf of Cherokee County, we are grateful for the support from JEDCO and recognize this vehicle will serve to enhance the airport,” said County Judge Chris Davis. “Airport manager Clint Goff does an excellent job ensuring the needs of local businesses and corporate travelers are consistently met and this additional resource will further the efforts of his team.”
Courtesy vehicles are a common amenity at general aviation airports to provide “last mile” transportation for visitors. The availability of a courtesy vehicle is often a determining factor in where corporate aircraft choose to land for fuel, food, rest, and other accommodations that bolster the local economy.
The Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation (JEDCO) was established in 1995 by the voters of Jacksonville.
JEDCO is a Type B corporation governed by State Law and operates on revenue from a . cent sales tax. JEDCO is led by a seven-member board of directors appointed by the Jacksonville City Council.
About Cherokee County Airport (KJSO)
Cherokee County Airport is owned and operated by Cherokee County.
The airport offers a 5,011-foot runway, avgas and jet fuel services, and hangar space. The airport is home to multiple businesses specializing in flight training, aircraft sales, and aircraft detailing, interior, paint, and maintenance. The airport has an annual estimated $10.1 million impact on the local economy.