MESA, Ariz. — On April 22, the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority commemorated its 20th anniversary. Over the past 20 years, Gateway’s conversion from an Air Force base has become a national success story
and the model for all military base reuse projects across the country.
When Williams Air Force Base closed 20 years ago, the rapidly growing town of Mesa faced the loss of 3,800 jobs and $300 million in annual economic activity. Today, under the operation of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, the Airport generates
$1.3 billion annual economic activity and supports over 10,400 jobs.
"We wanted to take time this year to reflect on our history and celebrate our future," said Airport Authority Executive Director, Jane Morris. "We’ve come a long way in 20 years, but we’re not finished yet. Increased passenger services and creating new jobs
are priorities as we work to continue to be an economic engine for the region.”
The Airport Authority celebrated the milestone by hosting a luncheon in Mesa, funded through corporate sponsorships.
About Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority
The Airport Authority is owned and operated by the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority, which consists of Mesa, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Gila River Indian Community, Phoenix, and Apache Junction. Gateway Airport offers nonstop passenger service to 36 cities
via Allegiant and has 1,000 acres of undeveloped land available for future job growth in the East Valley. For more information, visit
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