Division of Aviation Awards $180,000 to Rutherford County Airport for Land Acquisition Monday, October 15, 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 $180,000 in State Aid to Airports funds to Rutherford County Airport in Rutherfordton for a capital improvement project.

The funds will be used to help the airport purchase approximately 52 acres of additional land to help in the future expansion of the airport terminal area on the east side of the runway.

The State Aid to Airports Program is NCDOT’s basic airport aid program. This program provides funds for the purpose of planning, acquiring, constructing or improving municipal, county and other publicly owned or controlled airports, and to authorize related programs of aviation safety, promotions and long-range planning.

Rutherford County Airport has an approximate $3 million a year cumulative impact on North Carolina and supports more than 20 jobs, based on a 2012 statewide economic impact study.

Since Gov. Bev Perdue took office in 2009, the Division of Aviation has awarded more than $150 million in funding to state airports. These funds enable airports across the state to provide improvements that support economic development and job opportunities.

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