First impressions are important. Despite Utah’s world-renowned natural beauty, we often overlook the impressions that 22 million people receive from Utah annually—through its airport. This week the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Transportation Coalition is joining other transportation leaders around the nation for Infrastructure Week, recognizing the importance of infrastructure and that it encompasses more than just roads and bridges but also access to our airspace.

How we maintain and prioritize our infrastructure provides an impression of our state. Not only does the Salt Lake International Airport provide premiere access to downtown and our world class mountains, the airport serves as the gateway to the West with its growing Delta hub. This spring, Salt Lake International Airport will complete the first phase of a $1.8 billion redevelopment project enhancing rental car facilities and transitioning parking capacities.

Investing in any infrastructure provides a return, above all, investing in an airport expansion yields jobs, economic growth, convenience and opportunity. The terminal redevelopment program will generate an estimated additional 23,919 full-time jobs, $1 billion in wages and income, make a $1.5 billion contribution to GDP and result in $3 billion in total economic output over the life of the project. During the redevelopment combined with full operations the airport provides 37,283 full-time jobs, $1.2 billion in wages and income, a $2.0 billion contribution to GDP and $3.6 billion in total economic impact.

Investment in infrastructure such as the terminal renovation provide more than just economic growth. The airport provides affordable access to worldwide destinations for business and individuals. Additional investment in the airport rebuild will enhance access to global markets for our universities, hospitals and businesses—a benefit that’s unquantifiable.

Utah’s tourism industry will also benefit from increased air access. The seven-year impact of spending by both out-of-state tourists and business traveler’s dependent on air travel is nearly $18.7 billion, contributing roughly 1.5 percent to state GDP each year. Construction of new terminal facilities and other capital improvements will give a substantial economic boost over the next five to 10 years, amounting to $3 billion in total economic output. Put simply, the terminal redevelopment program chronicles what infrastructure investment means to Utah.

First impressions are important. Despite Utah’s world-renowned natural beauty, we often overlook the impressions that 22 million people receive from Utah annually—through its airport. This week the Salt Lake Chamber’s Utah Transportation Coalition is joining other transportation leaders around the nation for Infrastructure Week, recognizing the importance of infrastructure and that it encompasses more than just roads and bridges but also access to our airspace.

How we maintain and prioritize our infrastructure provides an impression of our state. Not only does the Salt Lake International Airport provide premiere access to downtown and our world class mountains, the airport serves as the gateway to the West with its growing Delta hub. This spring, Salt Lake International Airport will complete the first phase of a $1.8 billion redevelopment project enhancing rental car facilities and transitioning parking capacities.

Investing in any infrastructure provides a return, above all, investing in an airport expansion yields jobs, economic growth, convenience and opportunity. The terminal redevelopment program will generate an estimated additional 23,919 full-time jobs, $1 billion in wages and income, make a $1.5 billion contribution to GDP and result in $3 billion in total economic output over the life of the project. During the redevelopment combined with full operations the airport provides 37,283 full-time jobs, $1.2 billion in wages and income, a $2.0 billion contribution to GDP and $3.6 billion in total economic impact.

Investment in infrastructure such as the terminal renovation provide more than just economic growth. The airport provides affordable access to worldwide destinations for business and individuals. Additional investment in the airport rebuild will enhance access to global markets for our universities, hospitals and businesses—a benefit that’s unquantifiable.

Utah’s tourism industry will also benefit from increased air access. The seven-year impact of spending by both out-of-state tourists and business traveler’s dependent on air travel is nearly $18.7 billion, contributing roughly 1.5 percent to state GDP each year. Construction of new terminal facilities and other capital improvements will give a substantial economic boost over the next five to 10 years, amounting to $3 billion in total economic output. Put simply, the terminal redevelopment program chronicles what infrastructure investment means to Utah.

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