Barbin announces nearly $2 million airport grant to fund new Business Aviation Management Degree Program at Saint Francis University

JOHNSTOWN, Feb. 23 – State Rep. Bryan Barbin, D-Cambria/Somerset, today announced a $1.9 million state grant to the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, to develop a Business Aviation Management Degree Program in conjunction with St. Francis University.

Barbin said the state funds will go to upgrading and enhancing an existing airport facility; purchasing a flight simulator for the degree; assisting with the first five students’ tuition/room and board; and marketing the new program.

Barbin said the local grant was one of four awarded to airports statewide, providing a combined $5.8 million.

“That the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport received approximately one-third of the money awarded is a testament to the economic importance of that facility and this new academic program at Saint Francis,” Barbin said. “This investment will help the Johnstown area prepare for the jobs of the future, which looks more promising because of initiatives like this.”

The grant is funded by the state Multimodal Fund created by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s far-reaching transportation funding plan. The fund established dedicated investments in transit, aviation, rail freight and pedestrian and bicycle modes, in addition to increasing highway and bridge funding.