Yesterday, the Grand Junction Regional Airport announced that it has been granted $12.9 million through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. That brings the airport total in federal grants this year to a record $20 million. Senator Cory Gardner joined Airport Executive Director Angela Padalecki in announcing the news – The Daily Sentinel has the story:
The Republican member of Congress spoke at a press conference at Grand Junction Regional Airport, assisting Airport Executive Director Angela Padalecki in announcing the Grand Junction Airport Improvement Grant, the largest federal grant in the airport’s history. The airport has been granted $12.9 million through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). So far this year, the airport has been awarded a record $20 million in federal grants.
Because of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) stimulus bill signed into law by President Donald Trump in March in response to economic fallout from the COVID-19 coronavirus, Grand Junction taxpayers were not tasked with providing any airport funding of their own.
‘Twenty million dollars, 20 for ’20 is an incredible feat, and I’m very proud of the work the Grand Junction Airport Authority continues to do to expand opportunities, services and the incredible upgrades that have taken place at the facility over the last several years,’ Gardner said. ‘Under normal circumstances, a community is required to put forward a 10% match. Thanks to the CARES Act we passed in Congress several months ago, it’s used to meet that 10% match, so not only did the airport get to have the $12-plus million grant, but the CARES Act dollars were used to provide the 10% match, so a match of over $1.3 million to make this project possible.’
The goal of the project is to replace the west commercial ramp and add a large engine run-up pad, where planes can test their engines safely after receiving maintenance work.”