The Des Moines Airport Authority has hired Iowa business leader David Fisher as a consultant to help plan strategies to raise approximately $200 million to complete financing for a $420 million project that would include a $312 million terminal and parking garage and other improvements to reconfigure airport operations for better security and efficiency.


The airport wants to build a new terminal on the south side of its grounds in an area once eyed for a United Parcel Service facility.  


The current terminal, which would be demolished, is on the east edge of the airport near Fleur Drive and was built in 1948.


Fisher, a former member of the Iowa Board of Regents, was selected to develop a strategic plan to come up with approximately $200 million for the project, which is expected to be completed in the next decade. He will be paid $85,000 per year, plus expenses.


The airport authority board was looking for a leader with contacts in Des Moines and throughout Iowa. Fisher, a top adviser to Gov. Terry Branstad over the years, was involved in a controversial state-government efficiency commission in the early 1990s and ran a flooring, window and wall covering wholesaler in Des Moines.