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University Park Airport gets state grant

University Park Airport will receive $713,750 for equipment and maintenance purposes, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office announced Monday.
University Park Airport will receive $713,750 for equipment and maintenance purposes, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office announced Monday. Centre Daily Times, file

University Park Airport will be the beneficiary of a state grant, one of several announced by Gov. Tom Wolf’s office on Monday.

The airport, which is associated with Penn State, will receive $713,750 for equipment and maintenance purposes. The investment is one of the largest among the 23 airports receiving assistance.

“Maintaining and expanding opportunities in our transportation system includes the more than 400 airports in our state,” Wolf said in a release. “Hundreds of thousands of jobs are supported by aviation in Pennsylvania, and these investments will help them operate safely, expand to meet demands, or attract more growth.”

Penn State owns and operates UPA’s airfield, while the Centre County Airport Authority oversees the airline terminal building. UPA could not be reached for comment.

The state dispensed $8.8 million in total. The Aviation Transportation Assistance Program, which is funded through bonds, provided $5.4 million, while $3.4 million came through the state Department of Transportation’s Aviation Development Program. As a public-use airport, UPA was eligible for assistance through the ADP.

Among the ADP and two other Bureau of Aviation programs, about $35 million is invested annually in airport development projects.

Roger Van Scyoc: 814-231-4698, @rogervanscy

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