News has been sparse on the subject, but Seth Myers wants Clay County to know that Air Evac Lifeteam is still interested in being here.
Myers, Vice President of Operations for the Mo.-based healthcare group, says that "a number of factors" make Clay County attractive to the company.
"With the base in Washington, Clay County is an appropriate distance to overlap," Myers said. "This means we can provide consistent response. We continue to build a web of mutually supporting bases, and Clay County could fit in."
Though the company is interested, Myers said that no plans have been finalized. Clay County itself may not even be in the final plans, as Air Evac is considering "other counties" as well, according to the VP.
"I don't want to say who these other counties are, though," Myers explained, "because we're still considering many of them."
Myers did say that the company, which provides air-based medical transportation to rural counties, will reach its decision by the end of the year.
"We've had correspondence with (County Commissioner) Daryl Andrews," he said, referring to a letter of commitment sent to him from the county. "By the end of the year we will have an answer and start to work on putting the new base where we choose to be.
"By the time everything's done and over with, it will be late spring/early summer before we get set up wherever we choose to go."
The letter of commitment Myers referred to said that the County Commissioners would lease a strip of land at the Clay County Airport to the company for $1 a year, providing they made a capital investment in the county "to the tune of around $100,000 a year," Andrews said.
Myers said that a lack of news from his front does not mean a lack of interest in Clay County.
"Brazil fits our model. It's full of good people, much like the people here. We identify with them, and our goal is to provide air-medical transport to rural communities. The people there are accommodating, and there's nothing there that says Clay County is out of the question. Nothing that concerned me."
Andrews is also happy that Air Evac hasn't ruled the county out.
"We're excited that we're still in the running," he said, "and hopeful that, at the end of the day, Air Evac sticks with us."