Lead: San Bernardino Airport
SAN BERNARDINO, CA: The San Bernardino International Airport is looking for some help attracting new business.
The airport authority that owns and manages the airport on Wednesday, April 24, approved a request for proposals from firms to conduct a marketing study on ways to increase revenue.
The cost of the possible contract will be determined after airport officials go through the proposals and recommend a firm to the board, possibly in May or June.
San Bernardino County Supervisor James Ramos, who sits on the board, said he asked for the marketing study to see if the airport could attract businesses such as aircraft maintenance and painting. Two maintenance firms already do business there.
“I feel it is vital to conduct a marketing study that includes the businesses that have proven to be successful in creating jobs at the airport,” Ramos said in a news release. “This is a great step towards building a stable economic environment at the SBIA.”
The airport has been trying to recover from a corruption scandal involving former airport manager Scot Spencer, who was charged last month with felony conspiracy and perjury.
Spencer oversaw the airport’s long-running development of the former Norton Air Force Base into a commercial airport until last year. The airport severed its almost-decade-long relationship with Spencer after a critical grand jury report and an FBI-led search of the airport.