Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Air service is essential to attract businesses


More than a year ago, we uprooted our family and our life sciences instrumentation company, ORFLO Technologies, to the Wood River Valley from Seattle. We did so for the obvious reasons everyone understands when they visit Sun Valley—the natural beauty, the wonderful community, the trails, the mountain, the fishing, the restaurants, the culture—in short, the lifestyle. 

Leveraging current communication technologies, we can grow and build our company anywhere, as long as we have a few basic requirements. One non-negotiable requirement is a convenient airport with reliable, commercial service, including nonstop flights to major cities.

Many people here ask us how to attract other businesses like ours, a non-tourist-oriented company with global market share in a high-growth market sector, to the Wood River Valley. While the answer to that question is complex, we can tell you one simple fact: If this valley doesn’t increase its commercial air service or if it actually loses more commercial air seats, not only will you not attract other companies like ours, you could actually lose our company as well.

Businesses, not just tourists, depend on a high-functioning airport. Without direct air service to markets like San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago or Denver, this valley cannot hope to build and grow a thriving economy capable of supporting its citizens, local businesses, schools or resort—much less a non-tourist-oriented, product-manufacturing/sales/technology company like ours. We depend daily on the airport to facilitate domestic and international business meetings with vendors, strategic partners, consultants and out-of-state employees as well as shipping and receiving of raw materials and finished products. Frankly, the Hailey airport is already down to the bare minimum in terms of commercial flight availability. Any fewer options flight-wise and our company would find it very difficult to effectively do business here.

The only way to maintain and increase commercial air service to this valley is through minimum-revenue guarantees. Please educate yourselves on the data and what is at stake for this valley that you love. We wholeheartedly support a “yes” vote on the 1 percent LOT for air service.

Ted and Pia Ayliffe 

CEO & COO of ORFLO Technologies

Ketchum

 




About Comments

Comments with content that seeks to incite or inflame may be removed.

Comments that are in ALL CAPS may be removed.

Comments that are off-topic or that include profanity or personal attacks, libelous or other inappropriate material may be removed from the site. Entries that are unsigned or contain signatures by someone other than the actual author may be removed. We will take steps to block users who violate any of our posting standards, terms of use or any other policies governing this site. Use of this system denotes full acceptance of these conditions. Please review the full rules governing commentaries and discussions. You are fully responsible for the content that you post.

The comments below are from the readers of mtexpress.com and in no way represent the views of Express Publishing, Inc.

You may flag individual comments. You may also report an inappropriate or offensive comment by clicking here.

Flagging Comments: Flagging a comment tells a site administrator that a comment is inappropriate. You can find the flag option by pointing the mouse over the comment and clicking the 'Flag' link.

Flagging a comment is only counted once per person, and you won't need to do it multiple times.

Proper Flagging Guidelines: Every site has a different commenting policy - be sure to review the policy for this site before flagging comments. In general these types of comments should be flagged:

  • Spam
  • Ones violating this site's commenting policy
  • Clearly unrelated
  • Personal attacks on others
Comments should not be flagged for:
  • Disagreeing with the content
  • Being in a dispute with the commenter

Popular Comment Threads





Copyright © 2014 Express Publishing Inc.   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy
All Rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part in any form or medium without express written permission of Express Publishing Inc. is prohibited. 

The Idaho Mountain Express is distributed free to residents and guests throughout the Sun Valley, Idaho resort area community. Subscribers to the Idaho Mountain Express will read these stories and others in this week's issue.