The Port of Hood River has plans for a major, multi-phased airport improvement, and they received word it would receive over $2.5 million in state and federal grant funding for upgrades to the south taxiway and the north ramp and apron. A $1.3 million grant from this year’s ConnectOregon VI grant cycle for an “Aviation Technology & Emergency Response Center” at the Ken Jernstedt Airfield is a major funding component that, combined with FAA grants, Port funding and significant private investment, is expected to spur over $7 million in development at Hood River’s airport over the next few years. The Port also received a FAA grant of $1.2 million, and a Critical Oregon Airport Relief program grant of $103,000 to fund rehabilitation, design and construction on the south taxiway. This project will bring the airport into compliance with FAA standards.
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