Rep. Miller tours local regional airport

GREENBRIER COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – The Greenbrier Valley Airport treated Congresswoman Carol Miller to a personal tour of the facilities today as she makes her way through Southern West Virginia.

“I had done a little economic summit here a year ago and met with people when I was first in office, and I will continue to do that as long as I’m in office,” said the congresswoman. “I will show up here, I will talk to people, the mayor… That’s how you do this. You just communicate.”

At a meeting before the tour, airport officials said they hope to expand their infrastructure, but it’s difficult without some extra funding.

“Some of the buildings we have on the property aren’t connected to the city’s sewer and water here,” explained airport director Brian Belcher. “Our city and sewer water comes straight in off the road on the airport entrance. We have some buildings that need to be connected and we’re trying to get a project underway to get those connected to the city sewer and water so they’re not just out there on their own on a septic system.”

Miller hopes to take all she learned about the airport and find out ways to better serve the area, including getting the funding to help improve the Greenbrier County asset.

“A lot of it is where they can get money and how,” said Miller. “Is it through grants? Who do we talk to? How do we do it to complete what our mission is? We need to look five, ten, twenty years down the road of where we want to be, particularly right here, this county, what their needs are.”

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