February 11, 2019
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AWB members' input sought on WSDOT aviation study

As part of AWB's engagement on aviation issues, the association participates on a number of advisory committees with the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). Officials with WSDOT Aviation division have asked AWB members to fill out a quick survey on the business use of airports, which is part of a larger statewide Aviation Economic Impact Study (AEIS).

AWB's Mike Ennis asks members to take a quick survey (less than 10 minutes) using this link. WSDOT will use this information to improve airports’ abilities to support commerce and provide the facilities and services necessary for businesses.

The survey uses skip logic, so questions will automatically be tailored to each member's unique situation. To access the survey, click this link.

All information provided will be combined with other responses, and no individual business details will be included in the final report. Data will only be used for the purposes of the Washington AEIS and held in strict confidence by the WSDOT Aviation Division and the project team led by Kimley-Horn.

For more information about the Washington AEIS, contact Rob Hodgman at the WSDOT Aviation Division at (360) 596-8910 or HodgmaR@wsdot.wa.gov or Pam Keidel-Adams of Kimley-Horn at (480) 207-2670 or pam.keidel-adams@kimley-horn.com.

For general questions about AWB's engagement on aviation, contact Government Affairs Director Mike Ennis.



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