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Thursday, 23 August 2012

Bradford Regional is one of 19 airports across the state that will share $3.7 million in grant money.

The Bradford airport will receive $365,000 to continue improving its fueling facility, acquire land for airport development and improve runway approach areas.

Also, the DuBois Regional Airport in Jefferson County will receive $75,000 to rehabilitate an aircraft maintenance hanger.

“Pennsylvania recognizes that smaller, regional airports are becoming more and more important to jobs, economic development and quality of life, particularly in rural areas,” said Senator Joe Scarnati. “By improving these airports, we give local leaders another marketing tool to draw in new businesses and jobs to our area, which is currently seeing a great deal of growth due to Marcellus Shale development.”

The grants are provided by PennDOT’s aviation development program. Funding for the aviation program comes from the state’s jet fuel tax and leverages more than $1.2 million in local matching funds. Public-use airports in the state are eligible for the aviation development program.

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