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Porter County Regional Airport gets $156k grant

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U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded $156,656 to Porter County Regional Airport for rehabilitation and maintenance.

The grant is the first in a multistep process to maintain and enhance Porter County Regional Airport, according to a statement released by last week. It will fund immediate repairs to taxiway pavement and an environmental review for rehabilitation on a runway which the FAA has deemed to be nearing the end of its usable life.

“This grant award represents efforts to maintain critical infrastructure at the airport,” Airport Director Kyle Kuebler said.

“Investment in Northwest Indiana’s infrastructure is essential to the vitality of our regional economy,” Visclosky said. “Projects that maintain and upgrade our transportation network create good paying jobs as well as attract new economic activity.”

The Porter County Regional Airport accommodates over 50,000 flights each year. The 2012 Indiana Airports’ Economic Impact Study indicates that Porter County Regional Airport has an estimated economic impact of over $17.2 million annually. View the study at www.in.gov/indot/files/Aviation_FinalEconomicImpactStudy.pdf

 

 

 

Posted 9/3/2013