SHERMAN, Texas -- Grayson County Commmissioners voted Tuesday to pay Texas Aviation Partners $10,000 per month to operate North Texas Regional Airport.
"This is again a step in the process of moving our airport from an old retired Air Force base to a thriving successful general aviation airport," Grayson County judge Bill Magers said.
The contract begins in May and is scheduled to last five years.
County officials said this project is about economy and growth.
"What's good for the airport is good for Whitewright and what's good for Sherman is good for Denison and vice versa," Commissioner Jeff Whitmire said.
Commissioners said the firm will be responsible for finding new business opportunities for the airport, and to get North Texas Regional Airport to become part of the Federal Control Tower programs. Commissioners said that would save tax payers $300,000 per year.
"We believe they will get us over that hump to be able to bring us into the contract tower program where the federal government will start paying it," Magers.
Commissioners said they are still looking for an airport manager, a position that has been vacant since Mike Shahan left to manage an airport in Galveston.