Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Over $3.8 Million for Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Friday, September 15, 2017

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced that the Gerald R. Ford International Airport will receive $3,830,587 to improve security. The funding comes from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration as a part of the Airport Improvement Program.

“This investment will make traveling to and from Grand Rapids safer and more efficient,” said Senator Stabenow. “Safe and reliable air travel will also help encourage businesses to invest in the region and create jobs.”

“Travelers to and from West Michigan rely on the Gerald Ford International Airport for safe and reliable transportation," said Senator Peters. “I’m pleased the airport will be able to use these funds to make improvements and continue to provide safe and efficient air service for the region.”

"Safety and security are a priority at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, and we are pleased to have Senator Stabenow and Senator Peters' support in securing this grant," said Gerald R. Ford International Airport President & CEO Jim Gill. "As we all know, technology changes rapidly. This grant will help us stay ahead of the game, allowing for future regulatory needs to be implemented through a seamless process, and bringing in state-of-the-art access control and surveillance systems."

The FAA’s Airport Improvement Program provides more than $3 billion in annual funding for projects that are needed to maintain the safety, security, capacity, and efficiency of the nation’s airports. More than 3,300 airports are eligible for AIP grants benefiting commercial passengers, cargo operations, and general aviation activities throughout the nation. More information about the Airport Improvement Program can be found at