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"Increasing transportation infrastructure and supporting
economic development on Austin's East Side have been among
my most important priorities--be it as Austin's Mayor, Chair of
the Austin Chamber of Commerce, or in my current role as State
Senator representing most of Travis County. Ron Henriksen's
passion for and pursuit of Austin Executive Airport will greatly help
in both of these areas. It's an even greater benefit that he created
this needed economic asset without taxpayer money. I've been glad
to support the project and to help increase access to the airport and
to other parts of Eastern Travis County from State Highway 130.
I congratulate Ron for overcoming the many obstacles he faced--
challenges reflected in this book--to deliver his exciting vision and
provide a project that will dramatically serve this region."
Senator Kirk Watson, Texas Senator District 14
"Ron Henriksen has made a greater contribution to Texas
general aviation than any other individual or corporation I can
think of. He personally spent some $30 million building the
Houston Executive Airport and recently invested another $33 million
developing the Austin Executive Airport. That kind of commitment
to general aviation is unheard of given the dismal economy and the
range of obstacles that stand in the way of new airport construction
across our state. For more than a decade TxDOT Aviation and other
government organizations tried to develop an Austin-area regional
airport but failed. In less than four years, Ron Henriksen has done
the impossible."
Dave Fulton, Director of the Texas Department
of Transportation, Aviation Division
Praise for Austin Executive Airport