Beijing airport will receive $2 million in federal and state money
PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) — A local municipal airport is getting a boost with new state and federal funding.
More than $2 million will help Beijing Airport expand hangar capacity and install underground gas tanks. Most of the money comes from the state’s “Rebuild Illinois” program, with an additional $159,000 coming from last year’s federal infrastructure bill.
Beijing Mayor Mark Luft says airports like this help local businesses thrive.
“It’s great for the city, getting economic development,” Luft said. “It will also help increase some revenue for the city. But the biggest impact is on city businesses that use the airport. I hope that will increase with this edition.
The airport manager says the upgrades will help double its annual footprint from $9 million to more than $20 million.
“When you’re talking about an annual economic impact that can more than double with relatively low investments, that’s why we want to make sure we don’t ignore regional airline hubs like here in Beijing,” said MP Cheri. Busts (D-IL). noted.
The city says it hopes this is just the first of many airport renovations. Next on the list is the update to the decades-old Terminal.
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