Klobuchar, Franken, Peterson, Nolan Announce Over $1.3 Million for Infrastructure Improvements at Bemidji Regional Airport

Jul 11, 2016 Issues: Economy and Jobs, Transportation

U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Representatives Collin Peterson and Rick Nolan, today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Bemidji Regional Airport a grant of $1,394,200 for infrastructure improvements.

“Critical investments in our infrastructure help create good jobs while enhancing public safety,” Klobuchar said. “By investing in the Bemidji Regional Airport, we are making an important down payment on the economy of the region.”

“The Bemidji Regional Airport provides important business and travel services to the Bemidji area and supports many good jobs,” Franken said. “This grant will allow the airport to make smart investments that will keep the facility operating in an efficient and safe manner.”

“This grant will fund important safety improvements to Bemidji Regional Airport,” Peterson said. “As I pilot, I understand firsthand how it important it is that our regional airports are up to date and able to operate safely and efficiently.”

“This is tremendous news for the Bemidji Regional Airport,” Nolan said. “The airport is an integral part of our economy in the Eighth District. This funding will support good paying jobs in our area while promoting safe and efficient air travel.”

This grant will allow the airport to acquire aircraft rescue and firefighting safety equipment, conduct an environmental assessment, and construct a snow removal equipment building.