"On Nov. 30, we got the final notification from the governor that it had been approved," Rick Wachtel, chairman of the Airport Authority, said in a recent telephone interview.
"In the business plan, we will bring in a consulting company with lots of experience to assess our strengths and our weaknesses, and show us how to exploit our strengths and correct our weaknesses," Wachtel
In February, Wachtel
approached local state legislators about funding.
They said they would support the request.
also asked the City of Martinsburg and Berkeley County officials for financial assistance as well as the Berkeley County Development Authority.
Neither the city, county nor the Development Authority were able to help.
In late March or early April, Wachtel
said the legislators informed him that the authority's request had been approved, but no official word was received until last month.
By then, the current application period for the ARC grant had run out.
The Airport Authority
has to re-apply for the grant, but the authority can show it has a guaranteed local match this time.
At its meeting last week, the Development Authority unanimously passed a resolution supporting the Airport Authority's ARC grant application.
The City Council and County Council
have been asked to pass resolutions supporting the application, but neither have acted on the requests yet.
"It will be a long and involved process," Wachtel