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Governor Kelly Announces Airport Improvements – Butler County Times-Gazette

Kansas Governor’s Office

TOPEKA — Governor Laura Kelly announced that 66 airport projects across the state have been selected for Kansas Airport Improvement Program (KAIP) funding for the planning, construction or rehabilitation of public-use general aviation airports.

“Whether it’s airplane manufacturing, a link in supply chain logistics or travel, Kansas’s aerospace industry is an essential part of our state’s economy,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “These grants ensure the safety and longevity of Kansas airports, all while contributing to economic growth and job creation.”

The aviation industry accounts for more than $120.6 billion in economic impact across a broad spectrum of supply chains and manufacturing industries in Kansas.

“Every mode of transportation is a link to the economic vitality of the state,” said Calvin Reed, secretary of transportation. “These airport improvements are just a few of many important efforts to boost the aviation industry throughout Kansas.”

KAIP typically receives $5 million annually through the bipartisan Eisenhower Legacy Transportation Program (IKE) and requires airport sponsors to participate in project costs by paying a minimum of 5% of the total project. This year, the program has awarded more than $11 million to 66 approved projects, for a total project value of nearly $14.4 million.

The Kansas Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation has received 153 applications for a total project value of more than $66 million for this round of KAIP grants. The projects were evaluated for their impact on flight safety, economic growth and regional benefits.

“We are grateful to meet 22 percent of the total airport improvements requested this year,” said Bob Brock, Division Director of Aviation, Kansas Department of Transportation. “We look forward to new and continued partnerships with aviation stakeholders to achieve stronger aviation infrastructure for the future.”

Approved Butler County, Kansas Airport Improvement Program Projects in 2023: Cook Airfield, Rose Hill – used Jet A truck, $30,000; electric hose reel for MOGAS pump, $3,000; Parking ramp, $148,500; pavement repairs, $18,000 Jack Thomas Memorial, El Dorado – Fuel system replacement, $10,800

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