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Regional Airports Receive State Grants
July 25, 2013

Clearfield County- Two regional airports in the 25th Senatorial District will receive state grants to improve their operations, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

Scarnati said the Bradford Regional Airport in McKean County and the Clearfield-Lawrence Airport in Clearfield County were each awarded $37,500 state grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.  These funds will be used to acquire airfield maintenance equipment at both airports.

“Smaller, regional airports are extremely important to jobs, economic development and quality of life, particularly in rural areas,” Scarnati said.  “I’m pleased that these grants will provide needed assistance to ensure that our airports continue to operate safely and help contribute to the communities they serve.”

Scarnati explained that the local facilities were among 19 regional airports across Pennsylvania to be selected to receive this funding.  The total aid distributed was $2.1 million, which leverages over $647,000 in local matching funds.  Authorized by the General Assembly, the grant program is administered through PennDOT’s Aviation Development Program, which is funded from the state’s jet fuel taxes.

Air transportation across the Commonwealth helps to support tourism, agriculture, emergency medical services and public safety.  Pennsylvania’s public-use airports support over 300,000 jobs, generate $9.2 billion in annual payroll and produce $23.6 billion in annual economic activity.

“Providing individuals with access to safe and reliable transportation across our state is a core responsibility of state government,” Scarnati stated.  “Our airports and the aviation industry help to support and stimulate significant economic activity within our communities.  By making this investment in local airports we are helping to further the creation of a strong transportation infrastructure across Pennsylvania.” 

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