Also from San Luis Obispo County comes a sign that a concerted economic development effort can pay off.
Just a few years ago, the SLO Airport was struggling with the loss of major carriers and a maintenance operation. But things seem to have stabilized thanks to a community wide effort to support existing flights and bring in new ones.
On Feb. 18 the Department of Transportation announced a $500,000 grant to the airport to finance new flights, promote the airport with a marketing effort and study ways to attract more service. The airport was one of only 19 in the nation to get this special funding designed for smaller communities.
Congratulations to the Economic Vitality Corp. of San Luis Obispo County, the SLO Chamber of Commerce and other business groups that supported the effort.