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Businesswoman donates $10,000 to local general aviation airport

August 10, 2011, 07:45 pm

In a charitable move to support general aviation, an Ohio businesswoman has donated $10,000 to the efforts of a local group to win matching funding from the federal government for improvement of the Norwalk-Huron County Airport.

Angela Phillips, president and CEO of Phillips Manufacturing, uses a twin Beechcraft Baron for business travel. She told the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) that the hoped her generosity would emphasize her belief that general aviation airports are capable of helping a regional economy grow.

Due to the efforts of Phillips and other donating parties, the local airport is now eligible for roughly $400,000 in federal grants. Dan LeClair, president of the Friends of Huron County Airport, spoke well presenting the private donations to the Huron County Commissioners.

"As a result of signing the 2011 federal grant application, you will help bring an influx of money into our local economy, and allow local businesses the opportunity for extra projects and profits, that would otherwise be unavailable," said LeClair.

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