Friday, July 21, 2023
Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that Grant County Regional Airport in John Day will be receiving $7,146,097 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for critical infrastructure improvements.
“Regional airports are critical to the safety and success of communities across the state,” said Senator Merkley. “Grant County Regional Airport supports not only the economy of the John Day region, but also serves as a training center for the US Forest Service Malheur National Forest’s rappeler firefighters. These federal investments will help ensure the airport infrastructure is up to date and to further support the economic prosperity and safety of Eastern Oregon communities for years to come.”
“When I held my Grant County town hall last month at the airport in John Day, I again saw and heard firsthand just how important this community mainstay is to small businesses locally, and all residents in the region when it comes to wildfire safety, medical transport and more,” Wyden said. “This federal infrastructure investment will ensure this vital Eastern Oregon airport remains modern and safe whenever planes are landing and taking off.”
This FAA funding is part of the FY23 Airport Improvement Program which supports airport improvement projects to strengthen our nation’s aviation infrastructure. These funds for the Grant County Regional Airport will be used for installation of airfield guidance and runway signs and runway improvements and reconstruction.