07/02/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/02/2020 09:58
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Cindy Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., today marked the award of $15,567,034 in grants to make improvements at 22 Mississippi airports. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awards include $4.97 million for the Louisville-Winston County Airport and $3.86 million for the Golden Triangle Regional Airport, as well as $671,881 from the recently-enacted Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to cover the local match requirement so that airports can access the federal funds without spending local dollars.
'These grants will help many airports in our state to improve safety and plan for the future,' Wicker said. 'With additional support from the recently-enacted CARES Act, our airports will be able to move forward on projects that will help them weather the coronavirus outbreak.'
'Local airports are important to the wellbeing of Mississippi communities, particularly in rural areas. These FAA grants, including major awards for Winston County and the Golden Triangle Region, will fund projects to make these airports operate more efficiently,' Hyde-Smith said. 'For a majority of these grantees, I'm thankful that CARES Act funding will eliminate nonfederal cost-share requirements. The budgets of our cities and counties are already taking hits because of COVID-19, so the extra FAA funding can help ease those burdens.'
The Louisville-Winston County Airport and Golden Triangle Regional Airport awards are funded through supplemental congressional funding appropriated in 2018.
The remaining 20 FAA grants include full reimbursement for the local match requirement as a result of the CARES Act. This will enable local airports to access the federal funds without spending local dollars that may not be available because of lower-than-expected revenues during the coronavirus outbreak.
The FAA grants for Mississippi will support the following airport improvement projects: