Business Economics

Introducing a new Fort Smith Regional Airport commissioner, future plans

The Fort Smith Regional Airport Commission has a new member who will help oversee development.

Eric Pendergrass, a Fort Smith attorney, started his term as commissioner on July 1. He joins six others in oversight of the airport that is home to Ebbing Air National Guard Base and several aerospace businesses. The base was named in June as the preferred site of a multi-national jet fighter training facility.

While Pendergrass starts his first term as a commissioner, Kevin Ridgley was also reappointed for a second term. Pendergrass fills the seat left by Dr. Justin Voris, who has served on the commission since 2014.

The airport commissioners are appointed by the mayor of Fort Smith and confirmed by a three-fourths vote of the Fort Smith Board of Directors for five-year terms.