Thompson Announces $617,725.00 Federal Grant for University Park Airport

December 31, 1969

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today announced the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has awarded a $617,725.00 grant to University Park Airport in State College, Pa.  

“Safe and reliable commercial aviation services have been a catalyst for economic development through the Centre Region,” stated Rep. Thompson. “This grant will assist University Park Airport in this hugely important transportation safety investment project that will bolster commerce and growth while ensuring the safety of the airport’s patrons and its operators.”  

The grant will provide reimbursement for the construction of the new Air Traffic Control Tower (ATCT) and improvements to the aircraft rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) building at University Park Airport.  The ARFF will allow for the acquisition and installation of an emergency mass notification system, which will alert the airport's ARFF personnel in the event of an aircraft emergency.

“The new Air Traffic Control Tower and aircraft emergency upgrades are necessary to ensure a level of safety appropriate for the operations and varied aircraft at University Park Airport,” stated Bryan Rodgers, University Park Airport Manager. “This reimbursement will help offset some of the local expenses incurred through construction of the new tower and improvements to our emergency communications and response capabilities.”