Brownwood officials have received a $75,000 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Division. The city is required to match 10%. This grant will be used to conduct research to show what businesses will best fit in Brownwood.
"If we have a business development plan that we can show when were applying for additional funds for infrastructure improvement then that's definitely a benefit to us in that competitive grant application process," said Assistant City Manager Emily Crawford.
Right now businesses that use this airport include 3M, Kohler, Fed-Ex, UPS and Cook Children's Hospital.
"We're hoping that the airport can become more self supporting," said Airport Manager Bobby Burks.
The plan will also take a look at starting aviation programs for the local colleges. While this process is still in it's early stages, the city hopes to have it completed by January of 2015.