$3.4 Million Awarded for Airport Infrastructure Grants
Posted 6/09/16 (Thu)
On June 9th, 2016 the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission awarded approximately $3.4 million in infrastructure grants to multiple public airports throughout the state. The individual grant awards are noted in the links provided at the bottom of this page.
These state infrastructure grants are used to help fund numerous high priority airport projects throughout the state of North Dakota. The revenue source for these airport grants is derived primarily from taxes on aviation fuel and aircraft sales. A majority of the state grant allocations will also match federal grants that are anticipated to be received for 2016 airport projects. These grants are critical in maintaining the needed infrastructure to support the aviation industry, which is a major contributor to the state’s economy.
The North Dakota Aeronautics Commission recently completed a research project to estimate the annual economic impact that public airports provide to North Dakota’s economy. The research concluded that the annual economic impact from the State’s 89 public-use airports has increased from $1.06 billion in 2010 to almost $1.6 billion in 2015. More information on the study is available from the Aeronautics Commission website HERE.
“The directive that the state legislature gave to the ND Aeronautics Commission when they created the agency 70 years ago was to encourage, foster, and assist in the development of aviation in the state. One of the primary ways that our organization accomplishes that mission is by working to direct federal and state funds to North Dakota communities for the development of their airports.” said Kyle Wanner, the Director of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission. “Airports are vital to the state’s economic development and provide much needed services for our communities. We are excited to provide these grants and be a part of the infrastructure solutions that our communities require.”