The following is an excerpt from the Register-Herald article, “The sky’s the limit for an emerging aerospace industry”:
When Raleigh County Memorial Airport Manager Tom Cochran was growing up at Daniels, he could see airplanes flying into the airport in Beaver. They caught his attention.
There was little opportunity in Raleigh County for aviators, then. Many men in Cochran’s generation went into the mines. Cochran, however, aimed for the sky.
He left West Virginia to train in aviation at Tulsa, Oklahoma. Later, he came home and spent his career managing the airport in Beaver where he can again – when he has time – watch even more planes fly into the airport thanks to pursuit of a particular vision of his.
As the underground jobs in his home state started to dwindle, and coal miners became unemployed, Cochran began to form a plan to bring more opportunities to the region…
Thanks to the Register-Herald for this great article about the Raleigh County Memorial Airport Project! This project is going to help us create a more diverse economy and industry in Southern West Virginia. We’re also hopeful that this will help attract more people to our region long-term by creating jobs. By partnering with aviation and aerospace programs at both New River Community and Technical College and WVU Tech, we’re providing opportunities for students to have internships and stay in our area after graduation.
We’re thrilled that this project is gaining attention – stay tuned for more updates!