Pennsylvania’s Governor Edward G. Rendell said the state will invest $2.5 million to improve service at four airports and enhance Pennsylvania’s business climate.

“These investments will pay us dividends in increased business activity,” Governor Rendell said. “Expanding capacity with additional hangars at our general aviation airports enhances a region’s capacity to attract new businesses and to help existing businesses grow and add new jobs.”

The additional grants are part of the Governor’s Rebuild Pennsylvania initiative announced in February. The Governor expanded the $5 million aviation grant program by $2.5 million this year; he has asked the legislature to agree to expand the initiative by an additional $2.5 million next year.

A list of the projects:

  • Arnold Palmer Airport, Westmoreland County, $1 million for construction of a hanger, matching a $1 million investment from LJ Aviation.
  • Braden Airpark, Northampton County, $500,000 for rehabilitation of the general aviation terminal. The Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority will underwrite the rest of the $1,075,000 project.
  • Butler Airport, $500,000 for construction of hangers. The Butler County Airport Authority is paying for the rest of the $1 million project cost.
  • Lancaster Airport, $500,000 for site development and construction of hangers and offices. The Lancaster County Airport Authority is responsible for the rest of the project’s $1.6 million cost.

A list of grants from the first $5 million was announced earlier this year.