Nov 06, 2019 / Infrastructure

McMorris Rodgers Announces $11.3 Million Grant for the Spokane International Airport

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Eastern Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (WA-05) announced the approval of an $11.3 million Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant from the Department of Transportation to the Spokane International Airport. This grant will fund the construction of a new rail facility for train access to the airport.
“This grant is another example of the Trump administration’s work to reinvest in America’s infrastructure,” said Cathy. “The Spokane International Airport continues to be a leader in our community in both transportation and economic development. I’m so thankful for their leadership and excited to see them use this grant to continue to connect Eastern Washington with the rest of the world.”
“Today’s announcement of the award of a BUILD grant for the construction of a Transload Facility at Spokane International Airport represents a turning point in the form of a very strategic investment by USDOT and many local partners that places us on a firm course to achieve our objective to be a world-class intermodal transportation, logistics and advanced manufacturing center that will transform the regional economy,” said Larry Krauter, CEO of Spokane International Airport and Chairman of the West Plains/Airport Area Public Development Authority. 
Nancy Vorhees, Chair of the Airport Board added, “The Transload Facility will be developed in a location to leverage the full advantage of the air, rail and highway network as well as to open up over a thousand acres of land for commercial development that is located within an Opportunity Zone, Foreign Trade Zone and Community Empowerment Zone.  The table is being set for very significant growth of commerce in our region and we are thankful to our many local and state government partners as well as to our business community for their incredible support.”
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