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SLO County Regional Airport boasts soaring economic impact

Posted at 6:21 PM, May 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-22 22:07:46-04

The San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport says it’s making major economic strides as it provides jobs and business to the area.

The airport’s recent report about its economic impact in the Central Coast shows the airport brought roughly $85.24 million to San Luis Obispo county.

The press release says the airport brought a total of 871 full-time jobs to the region. It also generates $14.3 million in taxes, $6.2 million of which stay at the local level.

The economic report also shows that if the airport were considered a single employer, it would be the 15th largest in the county

“It’s a lot of little parts,” said Kevin Bumen, County Director of Airports. “It’s comparable to a hospital or a school district.”

Bumen also said the study sets a baseline for the airport and lays out what it brings to the region.

“Until this year, we didn’t have solid figures on just how much the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport contributed economically to the region,” said Bumen. “As the airport continues to grow, we’ll keep a close eye on the ways that growth positively affects the community.”

Readers can go to the airport’s website for the full report.