PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – The New River Valley Airport in Pulaski County has been awarded $743,425 in grant funds to help expand its airport parking ramp.
These funds are separated through two grants. The first grant was issued by the F.A.A. and covers 90% of the project cost for $682,738.00; the second grant was issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Aviation and covers 8% of the project cost for $60,687.00. Funds will be matched with $15,173.00 of NRV Airport funds to make up the total construction cost of $758,598.00 for the 21,675 square foot ramp expansion.
Airport officials and local government leaders feel the expansion is critical to the short and long-term growth of the region.
“The NRV Airport has always been a vital asset and differentiator in our economic development toolbox and expanding its capabilities is important to supporting the New River Valley and serving specifically the significant business growth we are experiencing here in Pulaski County.”Jonathan D. Sweet, Pulaski County Administrator
The expansion will allow the airport greater space to park aircraft and transport air cargo. Thusfar in 2019, the airport has moved over 294,000 pounds of air freight, nearly a 215% increase from 2018.