Legal Aspects of Airport Programs. Topic 09-03. Permitted Airport Involvement in Economic Development Efforts

Airports are governed by federal laws defining their financial and economic parameters, particularly regarding revenue diversion. At the same time, airports are prominent members of their local communities. Airports are viewed as economic engines, and as a result local communities expect airport operators to participate in airport-related economic efforts that benefit the wider community. Additionally, airport operators need economic development entities and community partners to develop air service. The objective of this digest is to conduct a review of federal laws, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Orders, policies, guidance, and any case law on the permitted extent of airport involvement in economic development efforts with respect to off-airport, general community economic development and/or air service development. This digest will answer questions such as, What may airports do? What may they not do? How can airports balance compliance with their legal obligations with their communities’ desire for their active participation in economic development? What is the airport’s proper role in such efforts, and how can the airport best participate in such efforts?


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 11-01, Topic 09-03

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591
  • Project Managers:

    Greenberger, Marci

  • Start Date: 20170301
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41208

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01616109
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 11-01, Topic 09-03
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 2 2016 7:17AM