Since it opened three years ago, the Grand Sky unmanned aerial systems business and aviation park at Grand Forks AFB, N.D., has quickly become a model for how the military can best take advantage of its enhanced use leasing (EUL) authority, according to a profile of the project in the latest edition of Air Force Magazine. The project grew out of the community’s desire to compensate for the installation’s loss of its tanker mission after the last BRAC round, and has helped strengthen ties between the base and local leaders. Most significantly, Grand Sky is an example of a project that has a synergy with the Air Force mission, which has helped spur industry, education, and economic development in the greater region.
“It always works better when there’s an idea,” said Thomas Swoyer Jr., president of Grand Sky Development Co. “You can’t really just put a piece of land out there and say, ‘Oh, come develop this for us.’ There has to be a reason to develop it.”
Photo courtesy of Grand Sky Development Co.