MELBOURNE, Fla. (April 20, 2010) — Major developments including new flights and a new research park prompted a major business group to recently honor Melbourne International Airport as a key anchor in the region’s economic success.
The Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida presented airport officials with an Impact Award for achievements in 2009, including landing new service from US Airways and Direct Air and creation of the 100-acre Florida Tech Research Park.
Florida Institute of Technology, the airport’s partner in the research park, and Harris Corp., also were honored as Impact Award winners.
The awards were presented at the annual State of the Chamber event in March. Chamber President and CEO Christine Michaels singled out the three Impact Award winners for the tremendous economic benefits they bring to the entire region.
“The amazing thing is that these ‘Big Three’ are not only making an impact in their own right,” Michaels said, “they are also working together on key initiatives that will further enhance our economic vitality.”
One of those initiatives, the Florida Tech Research Park, was announced in December as an innovative collaboration to expand Brevard County’s technology research infrastructure. The project, situated within the Airport Industrial Park, is aimed at fostering economic development and increasing the region’s high-tech competitiveness.
About Melbourne International Airport
Melbourne International Airport serves east Central Florida, including Brevard and Indian River counties, and is responsible for generating more than $1 billion per year in economic activity. The airport, which has three runways and a 200,000-square-foot terminal, currently serves Delta Air Lines, Delta Connection, Direct Air, US Airways and Baer Air. For more information, visit www.mlbair.com.