Hanna announces William T. Piper Memorial Airport grant award
HARRISBURG, June 7 – State Rep. Mike Hanna, D-Clinton/Centre, today announced that Clinton County’s William T. Piper Memorial Airport was awarded $250,000 in state funds through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Aviation Transportation Assistance Program.
Hanna said that with the assistance of $10 million in state investments, a total of nine airports throughout the state will use this funding to perform safety upgrades and expand operation opportunities.
“Airports stimulate economic activity in communities by providing well-paying jobs within industries such as aviation and hospitality,” Hanna said. “These funds will ensure continued growth and development of the commonwealth’s airport system.”
According to PennDOT’s Bureau of Aviation, the Aviation Transportation Assistance Program is a Capital Budget grant program funded with bonds. The program complements the state’s Multimodal Fund, which will dedicate $6 million to aviation in this fiscal year alone. The fund was created by Act 89, a far-reaching transportation funding program that clears the way for significant investments in all transportation modes.
According to Lock Haven City Manager Richard Marcinkevage, this funding will be used to make improvements to the two main hangers on site by providing for roof and door replacement and to repair the heating and ventilation system within the office space in hanger 1.
The Transportation Assistance Program funding comes directly from the state's General Fund for the purposes of improving the state's aviation infrastructure. Projects receiving funding may receive up to 75 percent of the non-federal amount for federally eligible projects and a state reimbursement of up to 50 percent for non-federally eligible projects.