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New Leader Appointed for Chattanooga Airport
At the June meeting of the Board of Directors, Chattanooga Airport Authority named Terry L. Hart the new president and chief executive officer of the airport.
“Terry Hart is a proven leader, and a natural fit for the presidency having directed airport operations for nearly five years,” said Dan Jacobson, Chairman of the airport’s board of directors.
“Since assuming the role of interim president, Terry has exceeded expectations and advanced the airport’s goals for the benefit of airport users and the community. The Board is in full agreementthat Terry is the right person to lead the Chattanooga Airport during this exciting time of growth.”
Mr. Hart has been serving as interim president since October 2011 when former airport president Mike Landguth resigned to assume leadership of the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority in North Carolina.
Mr. Hart has served as Vice President of Operations since joining Chattanooga Airport in November 2007, a position previously held by Mr. Landguth. Mr. Hart has participated in the continued growth of the Airport’s West Side Development projects and significant cargo expansion. Under his leadership as Interim President and CEO, the airport secured additional air service, including first class cabins from Delta Air Lines and their connection carriers. He is also actively involved in the Brainerd Corridor Revitalization Project, partnering with the City on securing vacant buildings and returning the areas to green grass sites. Additionally, Mr. Hart is now overseeing the expansion of the airport’s corporate aviation campus managed by Wilson Air Center. A second LEED Gold certified hangar is under design and will be built by mid-2013.
“The Chattanooga Airport has supported the recent economic growth of our community through partnerships that advanced quality air service and competitive fares, and by offering the highest level of customer service, safety and security,” said Mr. Hart. “We will take those partnerships to the next level and work to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of the airport by diversifying revenue streams in the months and years ahead.”
Mr. Hart’s aviation management experience includes 30 years in operations, strategic planning and administration. Before moving to Chattanooga, Mr. Hart held regional management and vice president of field services positions with American Eagle, including responsibility for a $100 million budget and 1,500 employees. He began his career in customer service and general management for Britt Airways in Chicago, Ill. From November 2007 until October 2011, Mr. Hart oversaw general operations at the Chattanooga Airport including maintenance, fire, police, operations, security and ground handling.
Mr. Hart has earned the distinguished Airport Certified Employee Operations designation by the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), and previously served as Chairman of the O’Hare Airline Managers Association. Mr. Hart lives in Chattanooga with his wife, Zita, and their sons Andrew and Stephen.
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumer spending fell in July, with a drop in auto purchases accounting for most of the weakness. Income growth also slowed in July.
The Commerce Department says consumer spending edged down 0.1 percent last month after a 0.4 percent increase in June. It was the first decline in spending since January. Income growth slowed to a 0.2 percent rise in July, the weakest showing in seven months.
The fall in spending came primarily from a decline in auto sales, which took a breather in July after posting big gains in recent months, although spending in other areas was also weak.
Consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of economic activity, so it needs to recover for the economy to keep its momentum in the second half of the year.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. consumer sentiment ticked up in August, driven by greater optimism about jobs, rising incomes, and increasing wealth. The increase largely occurred among higher-income groups.
The University of Michigan says its index of consumer sentiment rose to 82.5 from 81.8 in July. Still, it has barely risen in the past year.
Consumers have sent mixed signals in recent months. The Michigan index has fluctuated between 80 and 82.5 since December. A measure of consumer confidence by the Conference Board rose this month to nearly a seven-year high. And yet Americans cut back their spending in July.
Nearly 60 percent of households in the top third of income earners say they are financially better off this month, the Michigan survey found, compared with only 36 percent in the bottom two-thirds.
DETROIT (AP) -- U.S. investors should soon be able to buy stock in Chrysler for the first time in seven years.
Italy's Fiat and Chrysler are merging to form Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Fiat says Friday that an ongoing tally of investors suggests there is not enough opposition to derail the deal.
Earlier this month, Fiat shareholders approved combining the companies. But Italian law gives dissenters the right to cash out. Fiat has said that if investors offered more than 500 million euros ($650 million) in shares, the merger would be off.
Fiat SpA will announce the final tally by Sept. 4. So far the maximum number of shares to be cashed is below the cap.
Shares of Chrysler haven't been publicly traded since 2007 when it was still combined with German automaker Daimler.
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Federal regulators are putting Reynolds American Inc.'s planned $25 billion takeover of rival cigarette maker Lorillard Inc. under the microscope.
The nation's second-biggest tobacco company said Friday that the Federal Trade Commission has asked for additional information as part of an antitrust review of the deal.
In July, Reynolds announced the deal to combine two of the nation's oldest and biggest tobacco companies, creating a formidable No. 2 to rival Altria Group Inc., owner of Philip Morris USA.
Reynolds markets Camel, Pall Mall and Natural American Spirit cigarettes. Lorillard sells Newport, Maverick and Kent cigarettes.
The companies plan to sell the Kool, Salem, Winston, Maverick and blu eCig brands to Imperial Tobacco Group for $7.1 billion to ease regulatory concerns about competition.
HEALTH OVERHAUL-TAX FORMS
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal agency that brought you the glitchy HealthCare.gov website has a massive new project.
If the Health and Human Services department has trouble this time, that could delay tax refunds for many people.
Complicated connections between the new health care law and income taxes will start to surface in 2015.
HHS has to send millions of people who got health insurance tax credits this year a new tax form that's like a W-2 for health care. It's called a 1095-A.
If they're delayed beyond Jan. 31, people who got coverage through the new insurance exchanges may have to wait to file their taxes -- and collect their refunds.
Some tax preparation companies are worried.
The Obama administration says it's on task, but won't provide much detail.
BRUSSELS (AP) -- Inflation has fallen to an annual 0.3 percent in August for the 18 countries that use the euro, underlining the shakiness of the continent's economic recovery.
Eurostat, the EU statistics agency, says the figure is down from 0.4 percent in July, as expected by market analysts.
Core inflation, which excludes volatile food and energy, sent a modestly brighter signal as it rose to 0.9 percent from 0.8 percent.
The eurozone economy showed no growth in the second quarter as fears about the Ukrainian crisis weighed on consumers and investment decisions.
The European Central Bank has warned that inflation expectations are worsening and says it will add more stimulus if needed. Many analysts are predicting the bank will launch large-scale purchases of financial assets to pump more money into the economy.
SAO PAULO (AP) -- Brazil's government says the country's gross domestic product contracted 0.6 percent in the second quarter compared with the previous three months, sending the country's economy into a recession.
The government's IBGE statistics bureau said Friday it was the second consecutive quarterly contraction of the economy.
In the first quarter of the year, GDP was reported as having grown 0.2 percent. But that figure was revised downward to minus 0.2 percent.
The IBGE says the country's GDP stands at 1.27 trillion reals ($567 billion).
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