Bi-State Development Names New Airport Director for KCPS

Bi-State Development Names New Airport Director for KCPS
March 21, 2022 Jerry Vallely

Headshot of Sandra ShoreSandra Shore is the new director leading St. Louis Downtown Airport operations. She joined Bi-State Development on February 28. The airport is the busiest general aviation airport in Illinois and the third busiest airport overall in Illinois after O’Hare and Midway.

Shore most recently served as the airport director at Quincy Regional Airport in Quincy, Illinois, where she 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-based 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 has joined 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.

Shore grew up in Missouri in the Lake of the Ozarks area. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Management from the Southern Illinois University Carbondale, with minor studies in Airport Management and Planning.

Bi-State Development purchased the airport in 1964 and reopened it in 1965. The airport originally opened in 1929 and gained national prominence in the 1930’s when aviation pioneers like Charles Lindbergh, Jimmy Doolittle and Amelia Earhart flew in and out of the airport. It became a center for aviation education and is home to America’s first federal certified school of aviation, St. Louis University Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology.

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