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GRANT RECEIVED FOR AIRPORT PROJECT

News Release: July 7, 2010 Source of information: Observer-Reporter, 7/7/2010


WAYNESBURG, PA — Greene County has received a $120,000 federal grant to help build a new access road at the county airport as part of a plan to develop an airport business park.

The grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission was announced Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Mark S. Critz, D-Johnstown.

The money will help the county construct a new 3,000-foot, two-lane access road on the north side of the airport runway. The road will intersect with Progress Drive, the road that leads to EverGreene Technology Park, and open property on the north side of the runway for possible development, said Robbie Matesic, Director of the Greene County Office of Economic Development.

Matesic said the county was happy to hear about the grant. "This is the kind of contribution we need to help us move forward on a solid plan" for development of the property, she said.

Plans for the airport, now in the early stages, call for moving airside buildings, such as the hangars and the communications center, to property on the north side of the runway.
This will open up property on the south side of the runway along Route 21 for commercial development and other airport landside facilities, Matesic said. The Route 21 property is "extremely valuable," and the county is interested in using it to help generate revenue in the best way possible, Matesic said.

The cost of the road project is estimated at $400,000. In addition to the ARC grant, the county has received $198,000 from the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Economic Development Initiative Program. The county also will contribute another $82,000 to the project.

"Constructing a new access road will provide the infrastructure required to attract new jobs and businesses around the Greene County Airport," Critz said. "This is another example of federal, state and local partners working together for the betterment of Greene County," he said.

ARC is a federal-state partnership that works with communities throughout Appalachia to create opportunities for economic development and improved quality of life. Congress provided $76 million for the ARC in fiscal year 2010.
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