Bigger runway means bigger opportunities for Dumas

NewsChannel 10

Dumas, Texas - Many are banking on the re-vamped runway at the Moore County airport to propel business in a whole new direction.

On Friday, the expanded runway opened for the first time at the Moore County Airport... It's a six million dollar project that takes the runway from 75 feet wide to100 feet wide. It's longer now too... Going from 54-hundred feet to six-thousand feet long.

These improvements now make it possible for large, corporate jets to land.... In many cases, jets carrying Valero employees who will pump money into the local economy.

Mike Crownover, Valero's Senior VP of Human Resources says, "In the past where our pilots would stay in Amarillo with the plane, they'll now be in Dumas. We can have more employees here. We can get them here quicker. It's much more efficient. The refinery here is doing very well, so it will get more attention in that regard. The quicker we can get here the better."

Now that Dumas is more accessible, the city plans to kick recruiting efforts into high gear, hoping to attract more companies that will following Valero's lead... Companies with lots of money that want to invest in the community.

City leaders are going to a few conferences this summer where they can meet potential clients and try to bring them to the Panhandle.