On Wednesday, November 9th, Richfield Chamber and community members received a guided tour of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Participants enjoyed box lunches while learning about the airport through a Power Point presentation by Dennis Probst, Executive Vice President and COO of the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC). Also on hand to usher attendees to the waiting bus and provide a narrative and up-close experience was Mitch Kilian, MAC’s Governmental Affairs Director.
Some interesting facts about our very own airport: The Metropolitan Airports Commission, which administers MSP International, was established in 1943 and is governed by 15 commissioners. MSP International has received many awards, including 5th Best Airport in America by Travel and Leisure magazine. The airport generates many economic benefits, including creating over 76,000 jobs, generating $611 million in annual tax revenues, and over $10 billion in total annual economic output. MSP International and MAC are implementing a two-phased renovation project from 2015-2019, which includes 50 new food and retail venues and up to 34 new restaurants.
Hosting the tour helped encourage dialogue between MAC and the Richfield business community, hopefully helping to foster communication and partnerships that will benefit both. David Gepner, Richfield resident and key leader of the Penn Fest committee, has long worked to gain better access to MSP International’s terminals and around its large footprint for bicyclists. Following the tour, David stated that the tour enhanced his appreciation and understanding of the airport. He also pointed out that the tour should be the beginning of an effort to foster benefits within the Richfield business community by capitalizing on Richfield’s close proximity to MSP International Airport. Bravo, David! We agree with you completely. For more information on MAC, click here.