McCray cites experience on aviation commission

Michael McCray, a former member of the Pine Bluff Aviation Commission, has announced his candidacy for a Ward 3 alderman position.

McCray, a Democrat, said in a press release that he wants to “continue the development efforts that I started” while serving on the commission.

“I am very proud of what former mayor Carl Redus started with the redevelopment of the Pine Bluff Municipal Airport and look forward to continuing and expanding this model of community economic development. …”

McCray said that as a member and chairman of the commission, he was “responsible for Grider Field’s inclusion in Pine Bluff’s HUD 2005 Consolidated Plan and its eligibility for Community Economic Development Funding.

“I attracted the first minority business contractor as an operator of the diner/restaurant lease in the 850-plus-acre facility at Grider Field,” McCray stated in the press release. “During my tenure, the Airport Commission leveraged $40,000 in city funding into a $350,000 development project” and that he “spearheaded a major Terminal Rehabilitation Project, a multi-phased $1.5 million dollar expansion.”

McCray said the airport is a “$3 million general aviation facility that literally changed Pine Bluff from an agricultural economy to a diversified base with a mixture of industry and agriculture.”