Grayson Co. officials continue effort to land MD Helicopters

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- Grayson County leaders continue to try and lure MD Helicopters to the north Texas Regional Airport. Now, they are getting a little help. The county has already submitted their final proposal to the company. Now it’s time to show MD Helicopter officials that there is no place better than Grayson County.

For Grayson County leaders, they say it is great to be one of the finalists to land MD Helicopters but that is definitely not their goal.

Now it is crunch time, and they hope some help from the man in charge down in Austin could give the county's cause a last second boost.

If Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum didn't believe in divine intervention before, he may now.

"I shouldn’t have been on the flight, but low and behold, the governor of Texas is on the flight, and he doesn't fly commercially very often."

Judge Bynum says he has been trying for weeks to get a hold of Texas governor Rick Perry to discuss the possibility of MD moving into North Texas, but with the governor sitting a couple of rows in front of him, he knew this was as good of a chance as any.

"It sends a very strong signal to a client or potential customer coming in that not only Grayson County, Texas, wants you, but the entire state of Texas wants you."

In the next 14 days, Judge Bynum and Governor Perry will sit down with MD Helicopters chairwoman Lynn Tilton to talk about her decision to move the company.

Grayson County, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, and Shreveport are the final four locations vying to be the winner. The judge says Grayson has one thing that is definitely in their favor.

"The unrestricted airspace is certainly a huge benefit. They need to be able to get out train, go out, and come back."

Along with the airspace, county leaders will focus on other issues like a good workforce and a low crime rate to attract the company instead of trying to offer an over leveraged incentive package that could backfire.

"At the end of the day if there is a hiccup in their micro economy at the state level, then typically the over leveraged incentive packages from the companies that have taken those are the first to take the heat on that."

County officials expect MD Helicopters to make a decision by mid-May. Until then, they will continue to show company officials that they can't go wrong by picking Grayson County.

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