JAMESTOWN – Congressman Tom Reed, on Wednesday, announced three grants valued at $659,400 to provide the Chautauqua County Jamestown Airport with funding to renovate and improve their facilities.
“We care about ensuring our friends and neighbors have access to reliable transportation,” Reed said. “This grant enables the Chautauqua County/Jamestown Airport to fund maintenance projects and ensure the efficiency of their operations. It is important that we invest in our infrastructure and we are pleased these grants will allow our the Jamestown Airport make necessary improvements to keep the facility in working order.”
“The FAA’s announcement of three FY 2019 ACIP grants to Chautauqua County Jamestown Airport reminds us that the Federal Government is the primary source of capital funds for sustaining the airport facilities and infrastructure in a safe and functional condition for all aviation uses,” said Ron Almeter, Chautauqua County’s Manager of Airports. “ Ron explained that the funds would be used to complete three projects, comprising of maintenance of the primary runway, design of perimeter security and the design and construction of a primary wind cone.
“These three projects, as well as all other capital projects in the 5-year Airport Capital Improvement Program are necessary for the maintenance of a safe and sustainable airfield irrespective of the presence of a commercial air carrier at the airport. As a regional general aviation airfield, Jamestown Airport must meet high standards of safety for a wide range of aircraft types including privately owned recreational-use aircraft up to and including aircraft designed for commercial passenger operations,” said Almeter.
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) awards Airport Capital Improvement Program Grants (ACIP) through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the planning and development of public-use airports. In December 2018, USDOT awarded $205 million in supplemental funding for infrastructure grants to small airports in 34 states.