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Chairman Peter DeFazio Announces $6.5 million grant for Southwest Oregon Regional Airport

May 9, 2019
Press Release

Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today announced a $6.5 million grant for the Southwest Oregon Regional airport from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

The grant is funded through the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and will be used to fund the Airport Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) Station. At present, the airport’s new ARFF truck does not fit inside the existing ARFF facility and is being stored in a nearby hangar. This grant will support the construction of a new ARFF building that will meet eligibility requirements for vehicle bays, maintenance bays, administrative space, support rooms, personnel, and training facilities.

“An investment of this size in our regional airport will keep passengers and airport workers safe, while maintaining a critical economic engine in the area,” said Chairman DeFazio. “It’s imperative that we keep the airport and supporting facilities in good working order to maintain access to air service, which will lead to increased economic development for the region.”

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