Division of Aviation Awards $2.09 Million in State Grant Funds to Macon County Airport for Apron Improvements Friday, December 30, 2011

RALEIGH — As part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s ongoing commitment to improving aviation in North Carolina, the N.C. Division of Aviation has awarded $2.09 million in state grant funds to the Macon County Airport in Franklin to reconstruct a parking apron for aircraft. The existing apron needs to be completely replaced.   

 

“The new apron, along with the recently completed runway extension, will go a long way in serving the future needs of the airport,” said Division of Aviation Director Richard Walls.

 

These funds came from the State Aid to Airports Program managed by the Division of Aviation. The Division will be awarding multiple sub grants through the program to general aviation airports across the state for a variety of capital improvement projects.

 

Macon County Airport has an approximate $7.9 million a year total annual impact on North Carolina and supports more than 122 jobs, based on a 2006 statewide economic impact study.

 

Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in 2009, the NCDOT Division of Aviation has awarded more than $125 million in funding to state airports. These funds enable airports across the state to provide improvements that support economic development and job creation.

 

For more information on North Carolina aviation, visit www.ncdot.gov/aviation.

 

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