Competing county airport study would examine whether privatization is a good idea at Lambert

As St. Louis evaluates the 18 private teams that have expressed interest in leasing St. Louis Lambert International Airport, a St. Louis County entity could soon launch its own study to determine whether privatizing Lambert is a good idea for the region.

A draft request for proposals for firms to conduct the study, obtained by the Post-Dispatch, is set to be discussed Thursday by the St. Louis County Port Authority at its regular meeting.

Port Authority leaders called for the study last month, with interim Port Authority Director Denny Coleman — a top economic development official in the region for over 25 years — saying a study independent of the city’s process could provide a “more transparent” look at the privatization question. St. Louis County Executive Sam Page and St. Charles County Executive Steve Ehlmann support the study.

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