This program will dive into the issue of commercial air service to Salem. At least one airline has shown interest in operating commercial flights in Salem, initially to LA and Las Vegas and eventually to Phoenix and San Francisco. Our City Council has made a $2.3m commitment to get this project started. The expectation is that this would be a boon to our economy. However, opinions are divided over the economic benefits, feasibility, expense and environmental impact of the project. Our program panel includes two proponents of adding commercial air service, Brent DeHart and Mark Becktel, and, in opposition Dr. Phil Carver.
· Brent DeHart, Chair of the Fly Salem Steering Committee.
· Mark Becktel, City of Salem, Public Works Operations Manager.
· Philip Carver, Co-Coordinator of 350 Salem Oregon.