Business View Magazine Feb 2023

226 BUSINESS VIEW MAGAZINE VOLUME 10, ISSUE 2 and implementing these goals together that a community becomes stronger and moves forward. “There are a lot of economic opportunities in this region, but there are so many other ways to grow the economy as well,” Nate concludes. “When it comes to the airport and a vision of how to move forward, I see it as two-fold. First, we just have to recognize that our industry is in flux, and I don’t think anyone in aviation would disagree with that. From pilot shortage issues across the country to a lack of people entering all areas of the industry, we cannot meet the demand of what travelers want. So, from that perspective, our vision is to both stabilize what we have and prepare for the future.” Hahn reflects, “We want to be able to get back to a growth model when it comes to the bigger picture. But secondly, our goal and the reason the airport exists is air service and we want to be asking what can we do to grow that and to continue to make the passenger experience something that will make you want to choose EVV out of any competitor airport.” PREFERREDVENDOR/PARTNER n EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants EPIC has a depth of industry expertise across key lines of insurance, including risk management, property and casualty, employee benefits, unique specialty program insurance and private client services. Learn more about our Aviation & Aerospace practice: epicbrokers. com/industries/aviation-aerospace Looking ahead Hahn is clear on what he wants the airport to look like. “We want the flying public to look at us and recognize that we are progressive, we are forward-looking, and we are working with them. It may seem too basic of an understanding, but airports exist to fly passengers – and our vision is to fly more passengers with better convenience and a better passenger experience in partnership with our airlines.”