Local Airport to Receive $1.9 Million Grant, Sen. Langerholc Announces

HARRISBURG (Feb. 24, 2017) The John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport has been chosen to receive $1.9 million to develop a business aviation management degree program in conjunction with St. Francis University, Sen. Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35) announced today.

Johnstown’s civil-military airport is one of four airports that will share $5.8 million in this latest round of state funding grants to upgrade airport facilities, promote services and develop new educational opportunities.

For the John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport, the state funds will help to purchase a flight simulator for the university’s degree program, assist the program’s newest aviation students with tuition and room and board, and help market the new degree program.

“Investments in our local airport and in college students interested in aviation are investments in the future.  This money will help to create family-sustaining jobs, and will improve Cambria County’s transportation options and economic competitiveness in the long-run,”   Sen. Langerholc said.

The $1.9 million grant was made possible by the state Multimodal Fund, which was created by Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation funding plan. The fund established dedicated investments in transit, aviation, rail freight and pedestrian and bicycle modes, and increased highway and bridge funding.   

“We are blessed to have this local airport operating within close proximity to our centers of commerce and our population centers,” Sen. Langerholc said.  “This state funding provides an additional strategic advantage to our region and our residents, and is a welcome infusion of support.”

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