Terry Jessup of Oklahoma City has been selected as the new manager for the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport. He succeeds Ron Groves, who retired on March 31.

Jessup, 64, is a former employee of the Department of Transportation and “is gung-ho and ready to take the airport to the next level,” said Janet Yowell, executive director of the Edmond Economic Development Authority.

The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission recently approved $200,000 for new taxiways to future hangars, Yowell said at a monthly meeting of the EEDA Friday morning. Airport board members will begin meeting with people interested in building T-hangars and corporate hangars, or keeping their planes in them.

Runway improvements accommodate the use of corporate jets flying into south Guthrie. The major concrete runway of the airport has been lengthened to 5,000 feet within the past two years. Many small- and medium-sized businesses and companies have their own aircraft and now are able to access the north region of the Oklahoma City metro.

“There’s also land that will remain for business-type aviation growth out there,” Yowell said. Business development is the ultimate objective of both cities. Less than 120 acres of the 440-acre airport has been developed.

Nearly $11 million of investment from federal, state and city money has been invested in the airport during the past five years.

TO LEARN MORE about the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport, go to http://www.cityofguthrie.com/Geoport/Geoport.htm or call 282-2312.

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