Stabenow, Peters Announce Muskegon County Airport Will Receive $1 Million Federal Grant for Improvements

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Gary Peters (MI) today announced that the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be awarding $1,052,631 to the Muskegon County Airport. This Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) grant is supplemented by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act — which Stabenow and Peters helped enact — to support airports affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding will go towards infrastructure improvements including the rehabilitation of runways and taxiways.


“The Muskegon County Airport plays a critical role in economic development and tourism in West Michigan,” said Senator Stabenow. “When we invest in Michigan’s airports, we invest in safe and efficient travel.”


“Ensuring safe and reliable air travel continues in West Michigan will enable our communities to remain connected to markets and destinations during this pandemic,” said Senator Peters. “I’m pleased to announce this grant, which will strengthen transportation infrastructure in our state and improve travel safety for Michiganders.”


“This grant will help Muskegon County Airport make important upgrades and improve the overall air travel experience to-and-from West Michigan,” said Mark Eisenbarth, Muskegon County Administrator. “We’re proud that our Airport is a beacon of economic growth for our area, and we thank Senators Peters and Stabenow for their support for this grant.”


The FAA grants are administered through Fiscal Year 2020 Airport Improvement Program (AIP) annual and supplemental awards. Funds provided through the CARES Act serve as the local match for the infrastructure grants. Michigan will receive over $5.4 million in grant funding to help ensure critical safety and capacity projects continue without financial disruption.