MELBOURNE, Fla. (January 20, 2015) — Melbourne International Airport (MLB) is creating well-paying jobs and fueling economic activity benefiting the entire business community. The Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida recognized that commitment by presenting the airport authority and MLB Executive Director Greg Donovan, AAE, with an Impact Award at its Evening in Paris event at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne Oceanfront. Also accepting the award was Melbourne Airport Authority Vice Chairman Jack Ryals. The Melbourne Regional Chamber Impact Awards celebrate business and community leaders for making a positive impact on the business community.
MLB is leading a dynamic resurgence of economic activity by inspiring aviation giants such as Northrop Grumman, Embraer and Harris Corp. to expand operations in Melbourne, creating thousands of jobs with average salaries in the $100,000 range. Under Mr. Donovan’s leadership, MLB is not only sustaining this incredible growth, but is ready to accommodate further advancements by preparing many buildable sites on airport property. He is strengthening partnerships with Florida Institute of Technology, Eastern Florida State College, and Keiser College – all located on the MLB campus. MLB’s higher education support is also attractive to major corporations that value the very specific skills and talents available in Melbourne, especially in the aerospace and engineering sectors.
“Melbourne is quickly becoming a premier city, home to America’s fastest growing aviation and aerospace manufacturing center,” said Donovan. “MLB is committed to attracting even more investment from corporations that will create well-paying jobs which benefit all our businesses, from real estate to retail. We are also working hard to attract new air service that will boost visitor spending, as more business and recreational travelers realize why everyone is buzzing about Melbourne.”
About Melbourne International Airport
Melbourne International Airport is located on the Atlantic coast of Central Florida and is credited with generating more than $1 billion per year in economic activity for the Space Coast region. Known as “America’s fastest growing Aviation/Aerospace Manufacturing Center”, a newly constructed 87,000 sq. ft. MRO hangar designed to house the largest commercial aircraft is part of a growing airfield complex. MLB boasts tenants such as aviation giants Harris Corp., Embraer, Northrop Grumman and Rockwell Collins. Three FBOs are located on the property. It is the closest airport to Port Canaveral (the world’s second largest cruise port), Kennedy Space Center/NASA and the surfing capital of Cocoa Beach. Led by the Melbourne Airport Authority and Executive Director Greg Donovan, MLB is operational 24/7 with the capacity to serve 2 million passengers. Currently served by Delta Airlines, USAirways/American Airlines, Baer Air and Elite Airways, the facility features three runways, a 200,000-square-foot terminal, a 40,000 sq. ft. fully-outfitted customs facility and is part of FTZ #136. For more information, visit www.MLBair.com.
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