Washington, D.C. — Congressman Jim Renacci (R-OH) released the following statement today following the Department of Transportation’s announcement of a $4.7 million grant awarded to the Akron Regional Airport:
“I’m glad the U.S. Department of Transportation and Secretary Elaine Chao are committed to improving our nation’s infrastructure specifically regional airports like the one in Akron. I frequently use the Akron airport to get back and forth to Washington and know this grant will help the community economically and by creating jobs. I will continue to represent all Ohioans and make sure we get our share of federal dollars to improve our roads, bridges, and airports,” said Renacci.
President and CEO of the Akron-Canton Airport, Rick McQueen was pleased to learn the airport had been selected:
"We greatly appreciate Congressman Renacci and his congressional colleagues for believing in the importance of capital improvements to the future of the airport and the community. This grant will allow us to fully fund our aircraft apron, one of the most important projects of the gate modernization program. The project positions the airport to continue serving Northeast Ohio with a convenient and relaxing experience."
Akron Regional Airport will use the grant to repair the terminal building for more efficient movement of passengers and baggage, and also fund the replacement of snow removal equipment to help keep the airport operational during winter weather events.
The grant is one of many the Federal Aviation Administration awarded to airports across the nation totaling $616.9 million, as part of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program funding for airports across the United States.