$5.7 million grant project set to begin Feb.16 at San Marcos Regional Airport

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (February 11, 2015) – It’s about to get much easier to access San Marcos Regional Airport by car. Construction to widen the airport’s entrance is scheduled to kick-off Monday, Feb. 16.

The project is part of a $5.7 million FAA-funded grant awarded in 2014. The widened entrance is a portion of a larger runway reconstruction project.

“The reconstruction of runway 13/31 is the main component of the grant project,” said Cassidy Berenato, Director of Marketing and Business Development for Texas Aviation Partners. “But airside construction won’t begin until April.”

The airport entrance will be widened from approximately 22 feet to 45 feet and will include a left-hand turn lane from the airport onto Highway 21. As an added safety measure, Texas Aviation Partners is working closely with TxDOT Highways to have a left turn lane installed on Highway 21.

“We’ve desperately needed a wider entrance for many years. Not only will it be safer, but it’s consistent with our overall strategy of increasing the airport’s curb appeal.”

In addition to the runway reconstruction and airport entrance, the project will include an aircraft engine run-up area and three Precision Approach Path Indicators (PAPIs). PAPIs are navigational aids that alert pilots if they’re too high or too low when landing, Berenato explained.

The entire project is scheduled for completion in August.

San Marcos City Council Renews Airport Management Contract for 5 Years

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (February 5, 2015) – On Tuesday, Feb. 3, the San Marcos City Council voted unanimously to renew its contract with Texas Aviation Partners, LLC. for the operation, management, and development of San Marcos Regional Airport.

“We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished in these first five years,” said Stephen Alexander, founding partner. “We have more work to do and we’re honored to continue growing San Marcos Regional on behalf of the city and surrounding community.”

Since the original contract began in 2010, Texas Aviation Partners has overseen over $13M in federal, state, and local grant projects in addition to the day-to-day operations of the airport.

In 2014, Texas Aviation Partners completed a business development plan for the airport as part of a TxDOT administered federal grant. The plan focuses on real estate, business recruitment, and marketing in a 3-5 year time frame.

Implementation of the business plan is underway with an initial focus on brand development.

“We started with the creation of a logo to communicate the vision of the airport,” said Cassidy Berenato, Director of Marketing and Business Development. “We’ve already used it on new directional signage and it will tie-in with our airport website currently in design.”

“With the business plan complete we have a clear path on how to grow this airport over the next five years,” Alexander said. “The contract renewal reaffirms the visionary leadership of the City of San Marcos and their confidence in our team.”