Division of Aviation Awards $300,000 in Federal Block Grant Funds to Hickory Regional Airport for a New Fuel Farm Wednesday, January 04, 2012

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 awarded $300,000 in federal block grant funds to Hickory Regional Airport for a capital improvement project.

The funds will be used to construct a fuel farm at the airport for fueling all types of aircraft. The sale of fuel is a major source of revenue for the airport. 

“This is an incredibly important project for the airport,” said Division of Aviation Director Richard Walls. “The ability to service aircraft is critical to the airport’s success and viability.”

These funds came from a $22.8 million Federal Aviation Administration block grant that the Division of Aviation received at the end of September and will administer. 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.

Hickory Regional Airport has an approximate $50.5 million a year total impact on North Carolina and supports nearly 493 jobs, based on a 2006 statewide economic impact study.

Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in 2009, the 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 opportunities.

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


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