Concord-Padgett Regional Airport’s contributions to North Carolina’s economy is approaching $1 billion dollars, according to a recently released state report. The report analyzed data from 2017, and Concord’s contribution included $821 million in economic output, more than 4,500 jobs, more than $191 million in personal income and more than $30 million in state and local taxes. “We are pleased that Concord-Padgett Regional Airport continues to grow in economic impact,” Concord Aviation Director Dirk Vanderleest said. More than 40 City of Concord Aviation Department coworkers operate the airport and provide aircraft fueling, hangaring, tie-down, parking and customer services. Other aeronautical services such as aircraft rental, aircraft maintenance and flight instruction are offered through private operators leasing space on-site.