Montana’s Great Falls International Airport’s officials are looking for possible ways to create economic development, but this time, it has nothing to do with planes for officials are planning to have a commercial development on the airport’s 150 acres of vacant space.
According to the airport’s director John Faulkner, Great Falls International Airport is considering a commercial development on its vacant area along I-15, the north–south fourth-longest Interstate Highway in the United States, traveling through the states of Montana, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and California.
The plans for the commercial development along I-15 were discussed with the city commissioners in a joint meeting last week.
Faulkner said that the next few years are going to be a real significant economic time for growth. He also added that the airport wants to grab every opportunity made possible by businesses that are looking into the next stage of economic recovery by planning a commercial development within its area.
A joint civil-military public airport, Great Falls International Airport is located about 3 miles southwest of Great Falls at Cascade County in Montana. The airport serves the central part of Montana and other surrounding communities.
As the economy begins to recover, Faulkner hopes to have the commercial development ready to go as companies starts looking for additional opportunities to expand.
The airport is also planning to construct a new hangar to boost the aircraft maintenance business, and it has been working with other businesses to create potential business opportunities along with its plan for the commercial development site.