Pennsylvania Governor Rendell Announces $5 Million in Aviation Grants|
HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Governor Edward G. Rendell today announced the investment of $5 million to help 12 airports with projects designed to improve and expand terminals, runways and hangars. "The capital investments in these airports will help stimulate local economies and provide better service for customers," Governor Rendell said. "The enhancements and expansions allow the airports to attract and increase corporate, commercial and private aircraft activity, which will help generate revenue and job opportunities." The Governor said that many Pennsylvanians are unaware of the economic impact of local, general aviation airports. Aviation is responsible for 288,000 jobs, and contributes $5.6 billion a year in payroll and $12.6 billion to the economy. The grants are administered by PennDOT's Bureau of Aviation. The Rendell Administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell's initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit his Web site at: www.governor.state.pa.us. EDITOR'S NOTE: A full list of the grants authorized by the General Assembly and approved by Governor Rendell is listed below. Bedford County -- Bedford County Airport will receive $187,500 toward the construction of a corporate hangar that will provide needed additional aircraft storage for the airport. Bucks County -- Doylestown Airport will receive $150,000 for resurfacing the airport access road. Cambria County -- John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport will receive $350,000 toward construction of a corporate hangar that will provide needed additional aircraft storage for corporate aircraft and will help expand business opportunities at the airport. Crawford County -- Port Meadville Airport will receive $500,000 toward construction of aircraft hangars that will help meet the need for additional and replacement aircraft storage for the airport. Dauphin County -- Harrisburg International Airport will receive $1,640,929 for terminal area improvements. Lancaster County -- Lancaster Airport will receive $138,071 for the completion of aircraft repair hangar facilities that provided expansion of an aircraft repair business. Lehigh County -- Queen City Airport will receive $238,000 for the replacement of hangar door systems for the general aviation bulk hangar that will further extend the useful life of the hangar. Luzerne County -- Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport will receive $500,000 for the construction of the terminal facility and runway pavement repairs. McKean County -- Bradford Regional Airport will receive $50,000 toward the initial engineering phase of the Multi-Tenant Facility project located within a Keystone Opportunity Zone on airport property. Mercer County -- Grove City Airport will receive $175,000 toward construction of aircraft hangars that will help meet the need for additional aircraft storage at the airport. Philadelphia -- Philadelphia International Airport will receive $1,000,000 for a project that will extend runway 17-35 by 1,040 feet to decrease aircraft delay at the airport. Venango County -- Venango Regional Airport will receive $70,500 to upgrade an existing corporate aircraft hangar to meet the needs of its current and future tenants.