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Aspen airport director to head national group

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” The director of the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport will take on a national profile next year, when he assumes the post of chairman of the American Association of Airport Executives.

Elwood was elected to the position at the recent annual conference of the AAAE, which was held in New Orleans, La. in June.

According to an announcement from Pitkin County, Elwood will be “the face of AAAE at a variety of national and international events” and will become “a familiar face to Congress and a multitude of federal agencies as he testifies on behalf of airports on legislative, regulatory and economic issues.”

In addition, according to the county, “Elwood’s role will also have a significant benefit for our airport and Pitkin County, [because] he will have unprecedented access to the highest level of national governmental and political leaders, allowing him to be a strong personal advocate for our airport.”

One of Elwood’s initiatives during his term at the AAAE helm will be to facilitate industry-wide discussions on the impact of energy costs on the aviation industry and the consequential impacts on other sectors of the economy.

Elwood has been the director of the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport since 2002.

The AAAE, based in Alexandria, Va., was founded in 1928. It is represents nearly 2,500 airport management personnel at public use airports of all sizes nationwide. The organization’s primary goal is to assist airport executives in fulfilling their responsibilities to the airports and the communities they serve. That’s accomplished through advocacy and involvement in Washington, D.C. on behalf of airport professionals and the airports they operate.


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