Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, along with Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox, recently announced more than $20 million in state and federal grants will be distributed to airports throughout the state. The West Virginia Department of Transportation's Aeronautics Commission allocated more than $2 million in matching funds.
Eighteen public airports were awarded matching funds for airport infrastructure, safety and improvement projects. Federal funds for the projects totaled over $20 million from the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Improvement Program. The federal grants fund 90 percent of the projects with the state providing 10 percent in matching funds.
"West Virginia's airports play a critical role in the economy," Tomblin said. "They support businesses, manufacturers, and emergency responders, maintaining local jobs and creating economic opportunity. This grant money will help our airports continue to do so."
"Airports are vital to the state's transportation system and to the communities they serve, as well as providing a direct link to the national air transportation system," said Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox, who serves on the Commission. "This critical state and federal funding enables West Virginia to compete globally and provides access for our citizens, businesses and visitors."
Following is a list of local airports that will be affected by the grants:
Elkins-Randolph County Airport
State funding - $118,594
Federal funding - $1,067,345
Contact: Dick Chaney, 304-636-2726
Philippi-Barbour County Regional Airport
Install fuel farm
State funding - $9,757
Federal funding - $87,817
Contact: Dean Springer, 304-599-4799
Upshur Co. Regional Airport
State funding - $16,666
Federal funding - $150,000
Contact: Rich Clemens 304-642-0582