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July 20th, 2009
San Marcos airport gets $400K in federal funding

STAFF REPORT

Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) announced $400,000 in federal funding for the San Marcos Municipal Airport Monday as part of a strategic effort to modernize the Austin-San Antonio corridor’s only reliever airport from World War II-era facilities to the modern infrastructure for a general aviation airport.

“They say the airport runway is an important Main Street of any city,” Doggett said. “I want to ensure that in San Marcos, this Main Street meets our growing needs.  These funds build on prior federal assistance to ensure a better, safer airport that will continue to attract new businesses. It means construction jobs this year and a multiplier effect that will create other jobs in San Marcos at a time when we need them most.”

The investment is intended to create a transformed facility that will stimulate the local and regional economy, better serve the aviation community and attract more private investment for airport development. The funds will supplement previous allocations for airport construction and infrastructure to to support the proposed facility, as well as development on the airport’s north side along SH 21.

Doggett said he has made improving the San Marcos Airport a top priority. Total congressionally-secured funding for the airport during the last two years has reached $4.825 million. Earlier this year, Doggett secured $2.85 million for the airport, which was in addition to the $1.575 million Congress provided last year.

“We are very appreciative of the hard work by Congressman Doggett to help us gain federal funding for the development of the San Marcos Municipal Airport, ” said San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz. “This funding is an important step forward in the progress of our airport master plan and we are grateful for his efforts to help us find vital resources during these challenging times. Our airport is a significant asset to our community and has a very bright future.”

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