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Rep. Stivers Applauds Grant Benefitting Rickenbacker International Airport

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Columbus, May 15, 2019 | comments
“Infrastructure is the shot in the arm our economy needs to continue its growth, and this investment in Central Ohio is no exception,” Stivers said. “Rickenbacker is a critical component of our community for tourism and business, and maintaining their facilities is in everyone’s best interest. I’m glad to see that the FAA understands the value that Rickenbacker adds to Ohio and has taken the appropriate steps to begin to fund these critical repairs.”
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COLUMBUS – Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that a $15 million FAA Grant would be awarded to Rickenbacker International Airport, in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, for runway repairs and rehabilitation efforts.  Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) applauded the announcement as a win for the airport and the Central Ohio region.

A nationwide investment in infrastructure advancements is beneficial for economic growth. This grant invests in Rickenbacker due to its clear, data-backed value to keep Ohio thriving.  Recent studies show that Rickenbacker contributes 15,280 jobs, $880 million in annual payroll and $2.5 billion in annual economic impact in Ohio.

“Infrastructure is the shot in the arm our economy needs to continue its growth, and this investment in Central Ohio is no exception,” Stivers said. “Rickenbacker is a critical component of our community for tourism and business, and maintaining their facilities is in everyone’s best interest. I’m glad to see that the FAA understands the value that Rickenbacker adds to Ohio and has taken the appropriate steps to begin to fund these critical repairs.”

During the Appropriations process, Representative Stivers supported funding for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP), which provides grants for the planning and development of public-use airports.  Projects must focus on enhancing airport safety, capacity, security, or address environmental concerns.

“The FAA grant and these improvements align with Rickenbacker’s growth strategies over the next two decades,” said Joseph R. Nardone, President & CEO of the Columbus Regional Airport Authority which oversees the cargo-focused airport. “We are grateful to our Ohio congressional delegation and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao for recognizing Rickenbacker’s economic importance to the region and its critical role in international commerce.”

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