Leaders announce plan for drone port in eastern Kentucky
Government and education partners have announced a plan to build a complex in eastern Kentucky where companies can test and make drones and train people to use them.
The Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/2ptNyhf ) reports the plan was announced Monday in Hazard.
Funding for USA Drone Port is not secured. Perry County Judge-Executive Scott Alexander said it would cost an estimated $12 million to $15 million to build and might be completed in phases. He said partners will look for funding from a variety of sources, including federal grants and foundations.
Supporters say the area is a good location for such a facility, offering relatively flat land left from surface mining; large, relatively unpopulated areas to fly over; and an available workforce.
Chris Stiles, a former Army drone operator who now provides drone services in Lexington said the facility could draw national attention.