Valparaiso, IN – Congressman Pete Visclosky announced today 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. It will fund immediate repairs to taxiway pavement and an environmental review for rehabilitation on a runway that the FAA has deemed to be nearing the end of its usable life.
Airport Director Kyle Kuebler said of the project, “This grant award represents efforts to maintain critical infrastructure at the airport.”
“Investment in Northwest Indiana’s infrastructure is essential to the vitality of our regional economy,” Congressman 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.
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