Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport Authority chairman Richard "Rick" Wachtel said he wasn't surprised by the senator's announcement, either.
"I think he's been a tremendous asset," said Wachtel
, who described Rockefeller as a "great benefactor" to the Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport
The John D. Rockefeller IV Science & Technology Center
, the airport's 225-acre industrial park that bear's the senator's name, would not exist had it not been for him, Wachtel
"I can only say great things about Sen.
On several occasions, Rockefeller has helped the airport resolve issues with the Federal Aviation Administration
Neither company remains in business there, but Wachtel
said the economic downturn and internal corporate issues are to blame for their departure.
"It's far, far from his
fault that they're no longer here," Wachtel
said Rockefeller has worked "extremely hard" on job creation issues and believes the senator is very concerned about the state's welfare.
said Rockefeller, who was always responsive to his phone calls, wielded considerable influence and could get an audience much faster than most people.
"The name Rockefeller is known worldwide and opens doors," Wachtel