Business View Magazine - October 2018

102 103 York County Airport “I t is always important to know where you came from in order to know where you are going,” says Steven A. Gould Jr., Airport Manager of the Rock Hill-York County Airport. “So that being said, the Airport is the vision of Mayor Emmett Jerome and the man he appointed as Chair of the commission to investigate the possibili- ties, Dr. H.H. Plemmons.” In 1956, an Airport Commission was estab- lished to develop an airport to serve the Rock Hill area. The Airport Commission located a 364-acre tract at the Old York and Celanese Roads intersection and the Rock Hill City Council approved property purchase and acre- for-acre exchanges to obtain the necessary land. In 1958, Rock Hill City Council applied for a federal grant to construct the Airport from the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA), the predecessor agency to the FAA. The CAA offered the City a $126,000 grant to per- form site preparation, paving of air operations areas, runway/taxiway lighting, and landscap- ing. “So those two men along with another gen- tleman, Bob Carol, led the charge in finding A COMMUNITY RESOURCE