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Mayor Leichty honored to host Governor Holcomb and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation

Thursday, September 21, 2023

The City of Goshen and the Goshen Chamber of Commerce yesterday hosted Governor Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). The board had a series of meetings as part of their quarterly business event followed by a public session at the Goshen Theater with more... more

Goshen recognized for outstanding environmental planning

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

The Indiana Association of Floodplain and Stormwater Managers (INAFSM) awarded the City of Goshen the Outstanding Floodplain Project Award for creating and implementing the Goshen Flood Resilience Plan during its annual conference last week.   The annual statewide award recognizes an outstanding... more

Final brush collection of 2023

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

The final brush pickup of the year will begin the week of September 25, 2023. During scheduled brush collections, the Street Department will make only one pass through the city to pick up brush. Please have your brush by the front curb, but not in the street, by 7:00 a.m. in the morning on... more

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FINAL Summer Brush Collection

Monday, September 25, 2023

Board of Works

Monday, September 25, 2023, 2:00pm

To join the webinar please copy and paste this link on your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82986722338 or call 309-205-3325. Webinar ID: 829 8672 2338. Comments are no longer taken online.

Shade Tree Board

Monday, September 25, 2023, 7:00pm

This meeting is in-person only.

Municipal Airport History

HISTORY

In April 1924, the Post Office Department leased 20 acres of land, three and one-half miles southeast of Goshen, Indiana, along County Road 40 to use as an airmail emergency landing field.

In 1928, the Department of Commerce began installation of the first seven radio ranges for navigation. One of these installations was located west of Goshen,  just south of Model School. It was put into operation on August 1, 1929.

With the termination of the Post Office Department in 1929, the American Legion announced on April 5, 1929 that they would finance the airport for one year. At the end of one year, the City of Goshen would assume the lease. The field was  named "Goshen Municipal Airport."  

In August of 1931, the Department of Commerce announced that radio-telephone (voice) communication equipment would be installed at Goshen Airport. It would become operational in February of 1932.

A four-member Board of Aviation Commissioners was established on February 4, 1957 by ordinance 1397. The members were appointed by the Mayor with not more than two (2) members being of the same political party.  This made the City eligible for federal funds to improve the airport. In July of 1958, a South Bend engineering firm was hired to survey local airport needs. A three-stage expansion plan was recommended at a cost of $500,000. The first phase of the plan was a 3,200 foot east-west lighted runway with a parallel taxiway.

On November 17, 1960, the BOAC witnessed the first take-off from the new runway. The next summer lights were installed along the runway and were turned on October 3, 1961. Senator Homer Capehart dedicated the new runway. 

In 1990, a 5,000 ft. runway was reconstructed and completed in early 1991. In 1992, an extension to the parallel taxiway for Runway 09 was completed, making the taxiway 5,000 total feet to match the runway.

In 1998, the old 1500 square foot terminal building was removed and a new 5000 square foot terminal was constructed. Completion of the project and the dedication occurred in June 1999. The new terminal was possible due to Build Indiana Funds.  

In 2007, with help from federal funds, the BOAC was able to extend the 5,000-foot runway by another 1,000 feet west. This extension provides safer landings and takeoffs.

In 2005, a resolution, passed by the City Council, allowed the Board of Commissioners to expand to five (5) members.

The Goshen Municipal Airport is one of the City's best silent salesmen. It presents a great image and is a fantastic gateway to our community.