Marion Airport Awarded $1.2 Million to Finalize Secondary Runway Improvements
MARION, IN: (Oct. 6th, 2016) – The Marion Municipal Airport has been awarded $1.2 million to finalize construction of a taxiway for their secondary runway.
Airport Board President Jim McKinney said he flew up to Chicago a year ago with two fellow board members and two interns to meet with the FAA regional office about the need to improve the non-primary east/west runway. He explained they don’t normally approach grants in such a manner, however, he thought it would be a good idea to present them face-to-face with the unmet need of their master plan. The FAA regional representatives encouraged them to fill out a grant application, and they did so.
Last September, the FAA had awarded the airport $950,000 for the first phase of development of the taxiway, and just two weeks ago, the board found they have been awarded $1.2 million for the 2016/2017 fiscal year for the second phase to pave and light the new taxiway. The total project cost for the construction of the new taxiway is $2.1 million.
The grant was a 95% federal, 2.5% state, and 2.5% local match.
“The (Marion Municipal) airport wouldn’t be what it is today if it weren’t for these grants,” McKinney said. Since McKinney has been with the board, he has driven the grant-writing process to achieve over $20 million in grants for the airport.
The Marion Municipal Airport was named “Airport of the Year” by the Aviation Association of Indiana (AAI) in 2015.