Federal, State Officials Applaud Investment at Bradford County Airport

July 16, 2014

HARRISBURG – Federal and state officials today applauded the announcement made by the Corbett Administration that the Bradford County Airport will receive approximately $960,555 in federal and state funding in order to acquire land and construct a new taxiway.

The Administration announced $18 million to improve safety and operations at 35 airports statewide that support more than 2,600 jobs.

Of the total disbursement, the Bradford County Airport will receive $150,000 in federal funding and $8,333 in state funding directed for the land acquisition, while $760,000 in federal funds and $42,222 in state funds will be directed for the taxiway construction project.

“We must not forget that funding for airports and other important projects like this enhance our local economies, stabilize jobs and provide stimulation for local and interstate commerce,” Congressman Tom Marino said.  “In order for Pennsylvania, and the country for that matter, to be competitive, it is important we continuously maintain and expand economic infrastructure around the state.  I applaud all involved and look forward to more improvements.”

“As a member of the state Senate Aviation Caucus, I am very pleased to hear of this important investment in rural Pennsylvania,” Senator Gene Yaw said.  “Securing this funding provides a tremendous lift for the airport and our rural transportation infrastructure.”

“I am pleased to see both state and federal funding coming to the Northern Tier so that the Bradford County Airport can enhance its facilities,” Representative Tina Pickett said. “In order to attract additional investments and job-creating industries in Bradford County, this type of transportation infrastructure is vital to our overall economic growth.”

“This is great news for Bradford County,” Representative Matt Baker said.  “This funding is beneficial on a number of levels, especially for creating and retaining new and added jobs to our area.  I look forward to the continued growth and progress at the airport.”

Heather Blokzyl, Bradford County Airport Manager, also applauded the announcement.  “This (funding) will promote future business in Bradford County.  It’s one project closer to ultimately accepting larger aircraft here, and will aid in additional safety measures at the airport.  We are very thankful and excited for this progress.”

The Bradford County Airport is situated in the Susquehanna River Valley two miles south of Towanda Borough, and can be accessed by US Route 220 and US Route 6.  Services at the airport include Hanger Rent, Tie-downs, AV Gas 100LL, Jet-A Fuel Self-Serve, 24 hours a day, Flight Instruction and a Courtesy Car.

The Bradford County Airport Authority is the owner of the airport.

CONTACT:

Ryan Shucard (Congressman Marino) 202-225-3731
Rita Zielonis (Senator Yaw) 717-787-3280
Jennifer Keaton (Representative Pickett) 717-705-2094
Tricia Lehman (Representative Baker) 717-772-5371

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