Chair of Joint Charlottesville/Albemarle Airport Comission


I was the Chair of Joint Charlottesville/Albemarle Airport Commission during the period that the airport was build in the 1980s. The original airport was built in 1955 for Piedmont Airlines. By the 1980s, after airlines deregulation, increased traffic at CHO airport merited an expansion. Two government entities, Charlottesville City and Albemarle County, were represented on the Airport Authority (by Cole Hendrix and Guy Agnor respectively). The joint Airport Boards agreed the CHO airport should be a gateway to the local community. I introduced to both Boards my then current firm’s public finance group.  The public finance banker arranged a bond issue to finance the new Airport building. The airport expansion project, paid for by federal money, borrowed money in the Airport Authority name and equity capital.  During construction of the new airport a new Airport Manager was hired - Brian Elliott. Although he was only twenty nine years old at hire, Brian became a wonderful manager. Years later, when he left CHO, he became a deputy Albemarle County executive.