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Willard Airport is making a big economic impact on this region

The Champaign County Economic Development Corporation released a report detailing the economic impact Willard Airport has on Champaign County, and it’s big: $99.75M, a 34% increase since 2016. Here are some of the important stats:

  • Total estimated local job creation or support of 751 full-time employees with $30M in annual payroll, an increase of 34% since 2016
  • Total estimated 122 visitors per day, an increase of 91% since 2016; and
  • Total estimated $14M taxes generated, an increase of 39% since 2016.
  • In recent data released by the Federal Aviation Administration, there were a total of 109,878 enplanements at Willard Airport in 2018, up 9.73% from 2017.

The full report, sponsored by Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, University of Illinois-Willard Airport, Visit Champaign County, City of Champaign, Parkland College, Frasca International, University of Illinois Research Park, Flightstar, and the Champaign County Association of REALTORS®, can be found here.

Staff writer

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