Raleigh County Memorial Airport (RCMA) is using land and infrastructure to attract aerospace industry businesses to southern West Virginia. Located three miles east of Beckley, West Virginia, and about 30 minutes from the Virginia border, the Airport offers daily commercial flights as well as private and charter options. Raleigh County Memorial is open 24 hours a day, has 12 employees, two runways, two industrial parks, and two interstate highways nearby.
Southern West Virginia is at ground zero in the development of an aerospace and aviation economy that could, in part, replace coal, local leaders said Monday during an event that certified the region as AEROready.
In the wake of Murray Energy, the country's largest private coal company, filing bankruptcy on Tuesday, Raleigh County Memorial Airport Manager Tom Cochran is pushing southern West Virginia toward the sky and a new horizon.