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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  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Apr 28, 2008 at 09:26 AM
    Give Richie a break. It appears he possesses a basic understanding of how the economic development mating game is played. In his opinion, he believes Grayson Co. is being "played" by MD so they can get a better deal at their current location (or La or OK). It is absolutely absurd to assert that expressing his opinion makes our demographics look negative. A few (or any number) of people expressing skepticism over our chances of bringing MD here will have ZERO impact on MD's decision. Don't confuse expressing skepticism as being the same as expressing opposition. If negativity among the masses is a consideration here, perhaps MD would be turned off by those who refer to people as having a FAT mouth when someone disagrees with them.
  • by Curious Location: in Denison on Apr 28, 2008 at 07:49 AM
    I thought this deal was going to be done by April 30 -- that is why y'all reported when the "final four" story ran. Is Grayson County working on anything else?
  • by Educated Location: Grayson County on Apr 28, 2008 at 07:35 AM
    RICHIE...You're the reason why more businesses don't come to the area. It is people like you that make our demographics look negative. Get a clue...this is how economic develpment is done. Every major business/employer (Tyson, Ruiz, Cardinal Glass, TI, etc) plays the incentive game with one or two towns (always)! Get a clue...better yet, talk to your local economic developer and get the real facts before opening your FAT mouth!
  • by Richie Location: Sherman on Apr 27, 2008 at 08:19 PM
    I like it here, just Jim-Dandy. But I don't spent my life doing the ostrich imitation. Some people get all wrapped up in silly, non-productive dreams that don't come true. Remember Saturn? Sherman has been velly-velly good to me :)
  • by Phil Location: Sherman on Apr 27, 2008 at 07:16 AM
    Yall give ritchie a break!As much as I hate it, I don't think they will come here because we just don't have the population base to supply them with high tech trained employees. These are not the same people who would work for tyson slammin chicken chunks for not enough money. I don'think they will move either but that does not mean I have to move from the area because I don't share someone else's view of some pie in the sky view of things.
  • by Mackie on Apr 26, 2008 at 02:53 PM
    Richie, just where did you get your information? Good thing someone has an inside track of what is going on! Hope you weren't planning on a new career.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2008 at 10:09 AM
    i agree why would they want to relocate to hick town that has nothing but closed eating places
  • by Positive Location: Sherman on Apr 26, 2008 at 06:28 AM
    Richie...i just love how you are always so positive and uplifting on your comments on all the stories. You must be a very bitter and angry person. If you can't say something nice, then why don't you just keep your mouth shut. How bout this...if you don't like it here...better yet...MOVE!!
  • by Richie Location: Sherman on Apr 25, 2008 at 06:26 PM
    MD Helicopter is taking Grayson County for a ride. They're just trying to score a better deal for themselves where they are now.
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