Bi-State Development Names New Director For St. Louis Downtown Airport

Published in Midwest Flyer Magazine April/May 2022 online issue.

Sandra Shore

Bi-State Development is excited to announce Sandra Shore as the new director to lead St. Louis Downtown Airport operations starting February 28. The airport is the busiest general aviation airport in Illinois and the third busiest airport overall in the state after O’Hare and Midway. St. Louis Downtown Airport contributes more than $422 million in annual economic benefits to the local economy and is located on 1,000 acres in St. Clair County in Cahokia Heights and Sauget, just across the Mississippi River from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, Missouri.

Shore is currently the airport director at Quincy Regional Airport in Quincy, Illinois, where she has held the position since 2018. Prior to that, Shore was the airport manager at Floyd W. Jones Lebanon Airport in Lebanon, Missouri. Her experience ranges from general aviation and fixed base operation to Part 139 certified air service airports. During her time at Quincy Regional Airport, she managed more than $7 million in federal Airport Improvement Funding, secured an additional $18 million in funding, and has programmed another $17 million in airport funding over the next two years. Shore replaces Erick Dahl who served as director of St. Louis Downtown Airport for nearly 8 years before leaving last fall to pursue another opportunity.

“We are pleased that Sandra will join our team to lead our airport operations into the future. With St. Louis Downtown Airport being located on 1,000 acres of prime real estate practically in the shadow of the Gateway Arch, we welcome her fresh view on generating new business and new tenants which will benefit St. Clair County and our region,” said Taulby Roach, President and CEO of Bi-State Development, the organization that owns and operates the airport.

“My passion is capital and business development. I welcome the opportunity to join the Bi-State Development team and look forward to exploring new capital and business development opportunities that could bring new aviation-related jobs and new partnerships to St. Louis Downtown Airport and St. Clair County,” Shore said (stlouisdowntownairport.com).

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