What will the airport be used for?

The airport, with a 5,000-foot runway, will support general aviation in the Oak Ridge Corridor region, as current capacity is limited in this market and does not support projected growth and future demand. The future airport will support growth in the business and industrial sectors. The airport will also support the State's drive to advance nuclear energy innovation. The DOE has voiced their support for the project and stated that it will benefit their operations in Oak Ridge. 

The airport will leverage existing assets. A secondary goal is the diversification of the Oak Ridge and Roane County economies that will be negatively impacted by anticipated long-term reductions in federal employment that currently numbers approximately 12,000 jobs. Specifically, the design and construction of a new Oak Ridge Airport at the ETTP will support the objective of new manufacturing and industrial investment with high-growth potential in the emerging carbon fiber and alternative energy industries.

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1. Where will the airport be located?
2. What's the timeline? When will the airport officially open?
3. How is the City paying for the airport?
4. Is the State government supportive of the airport?
5. What will the airport be used for?
6. Who is working on the project?
7. Is Oak Ridge really the largest community in the state without a general aviation airport?
8. How loud will the airport be? Will I hear noise from my house?