Sally Scoggin, Briggs and Morgan and Brian Ryks, Metropolitan Airports Commission
Metropolitan Airports Commission The Metropolitan Airports Commission – also known as the MAC - owns and operates seven airports in the metropolitan area, including Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and six, smaller, general aviation airports.
The organization is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. It was created in 1943 by the Minnesota Legislature to develop the Twin Cities’ full potential as an aviation hub. Recently published economic impact studies estimate that activities at the MAC’s seven airports annually generate almost 17 billion dollars for the local economy and support 87,000 jobs.
Though the MAC is a public entity, it does not collect or use local taxes to run its airports. It is funded by user fees and MAC-generated revenues. A board of 15 government-appointed members are responsible for setting the MAC’s policies and approving future development plans. And a staff of almost 700 people keep all seven airports running smoothly, with Brian Ryks, the MAC’s CEO, at the helm.