U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta recently announced a grant of $1 million to Rockford, one of 37 grants totaling almost $19 million to help smaller communities around the United States improve their air service.
The grant for Rockford, awarded under the Small Community Air Service Development Program, will be used to recruit and market additional airline services, building on recent new services introduced at the airport. Local sources will contribute additional funds and provide in-kind contributions to the effort.
Local air service helps to support local businesses and local jobs, Mineta said. These grants will help support efforts by small communities to preserve and expand their links to the national air transportation system, connecting residents to the rapidly expanding U.S. economy.
The program helps communities address the challenges of local air service, such as high fares and insufficient levels of service. The grants will be used by communities around the country for programs such as financial incentives to air carriers, studies to determine air service needs, and marketing programs that encourage communities to use commercial carriers offering local air service.
Complete community proposals and the departments final order are available on the Internet at http://dms.dot.gov, docket number OST-2005-20127. A list of recipient communities and funding totals is available on www.dot.gov/affairs/chart05.htm.
From the Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2005, issue