From The Pilot, February 10, 2017
By David Sinclair, Managing Editor
Believing the Moore County Airport can play a role in economic development, county commissioners have appointed a leading business recruiter to the airport board.
Partners in Progress Executive Director Pat Corso will fill the remaining term of Bill Bateman on the Airport Authority. Bateman resigned recently. His term expires Sept. 30.
New Commissioner Frank Quis, who is the county’s representative on the Partners Executive Committee, nominated Corso. Commissioner Otis Ritter seconded the nomination.
“I believe this appointment is one of the most important that we are going to be asked to make,” said Commissioner Louis Gregory, who also won election to the board last November along with Quis and who serves on the full Partners board. “I also believe as business markets become national and international, airports are increasingly being viewed as catalysts for local economic development. Efficient airports are necessary, and we have an applicant who spoke passionately about improving morale and efficiency of our Moore County Airport.
“Looking over his application, it is clear it me that Pat Corso has the knowledge, experience and desire necessary to add wealth to the community by being a member of the Airport Authority.”
Zschoche, who did not attend the commissioners’ meeting, said in a telephone interview that he is “pleased” to have Corso join the authority board.
“We’ll certainly utilize Pat’s economic development contacts and expertise,” he said. “That is something the Airport Authority wants to focus on more. … We think the airport can play a role in economic development.”
Zschoche said that could be through promoting the airport to companies and businesses that may be looking to expand here or attracting aviation-related businesses.
Corso, reached by telephone Thursday morning, agreed that the airport can have an impact on economic development. He noted that many of his peers statewide serve on airport boards and authorities.
“I think there is an opportunity to leverage that asset,” he said of the airport. “What are the opportunities for the airport? I look forward to investigating those opportunities for the airport to be more impactful to economic development in Moore County.”