Recently, Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation that will transfer the operations of Gerald R. Ford International Airport to a regionally-managed authority with an autonomous board of directors. An article by Nick Manes, published in MiBiz, discusses the potential impact this change might have on the airport and its surrounding area.
The Kent County Department of Aeronautics currently operates the airport and will still retain ownership once the proposed authority model is put in place. However, all operations will be handled by the new authority.
This new operating model is being put in place in hopes of strengthening regional coordination and creating a stronger platform for economic development.