Wyden, Merkley: More than $1.5 Million from the FAA to Medford Airport for Crucial Updates

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley
today announced that Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport will receive
more than $1.5 million from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for crucial
security and health updates.

“The Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport provides
essential air service for Southern Oregonians and is a crucial part of our
entire state’s economy,” Wyden said. “As a frequent passenger in and out of the
Medford Airport, I hear firsthand from Oregonians how they count on this
airport and I’mgratified to see federal dollars go toward critical health and
safety improvements, so the airport can continue supporting economic growth and
tourism for years to come.”

“Safe and reliable travel is important for many Oregonians
who fly for business or recreation,” said Senator Merkley. “I am happy to see
this funding going to the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport for
improvements to help boost their facilities and operations. This funding will
allow the airport to continue supporting the economy and businesses of Southern
Oregon and connect the region with other major airports in the western United

These grant funds of $1.55 million from the FAA’s Contract
Tower Competitive Grant Program will go toward replacement of aged critical
operational equipment including the Airline Control System (ALCS), the addition
of closed circuit security cameras, and a new computer. The upgrades to the
building include replacing the elevator and adding an air purification system.

“We are very excited to learn that Medford Airport is a
recipient of this highly competitive grant. 
The funds will go a long way for much needed improvements to our Airport
owned Air Traffic Control Tower. The improvements include replacing aging
equipment, enhancing facility efficiency and improving the health and safety of
the occupants,” said Jerry Brienza, Airport Director of the Rogue Valley
International–Medford Airport.