U.S. DOT announces $650,000 grant to Sioux City to help improve air service
WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced a grant of $650,000 to help Sioux City, Iowa improve its airline service.
Sioux City is one of 16 communities across the country receiving a total of $9.925 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Small Community Air Service Development Program, which helps small communities develop their own solutions to local air service needs.
The Department received 53 applications from 35 states.
“This Administration is committed to ensuring that rural communities are not neglected and have access to the air services needed to be competitive in today’s economy,” said Secretary Chao.
The grant to Sioux City will be used for a revenue guarantee, marketing, and fee waivers for new non-stop service to Denver, Colo.
Since its inception, the awards have helped over 300 communities develop projects tailored to their own air service needs, such as providing financial incentives to carriers, conducting studies on the possibilities of expanded service, and carrying out marketing programs to promote existing local service, among other challenges small communities and their airports may experience.
The communities receiving grant awards this year are:
Fairbanks, Alaska ($750,000); Bakersfield, Calif. ($500,000); Augusta, Ga. ($800,000); Sioux City, Iowa ($650,000); Shreveport, La. ($300,000); Lincoln, Neb. ($750,000); Farmington, N.M. ($850,000); Elmira, N.Y. ($275,000); Tulsa, Okla. ($750,000); Florence, S.C. ($600,000); Rapid City, S.D. ($700,000); Brownsville, Texas ($250,000); Roanoke, Va. ($750,000); Wenatchee, Wash. ($750,000); La Crosse, Wis. ($750,000); and Casper, Wyo. ($500,000).
The selected communities are contributing additional local financial resources to supplement the federal support. In addition, many communities have pledged in-kind contributions in further support of their air service initiatives, reflecting a commitment that is important to the potential success of the proposed initiatives. Nearly all of the communities have established robust public-private partnerships to enhance community participation and facilitate access to air services, provided a specific plan and timetable for using their grant funds in a timely manner, and many have provided letters of support from interested air carriers.