State Aeronautical Board approves $1.6 Million in airport funding

March 15, 2017 - Statewide Transportation - Colorado Discretionary Aviation Grants enhance Colorado’s Public Airport System


WATKINS, CO – The Colorado Aeronautical Board (CAB) approved this year’s airport grant funding for Colorado airports during a March 8, 2017 CAB meeting. The unanimous decision authorized the distribution of $1.6 million in state aviation fuel tax revenues through grants to 26 Colorado public-use airports under the Colorado Discretionary Aviation Grant (CDAG) Program administered by Colorado Department of Transportation’s (CDOT) Division of Aeronautics.

The grants ranged in size from $8,333 to $150,000.  These discretionary aviation grants represent the State of Colorado’s participation in a wide variety of projects, totaling $56.6 million, to improve safety and infrastructure at airports all across the state.  Airport projects must include local and/or federal fund participation in order to receive Colorado discretionary aviation grants.

“I am pleased to approve these grants and to see that we are continuing statewide efforts to upgrade our airports,” said CAB Chairman Ray Beck.  “The economic multipliers provided by our airports through the moving of people, goods, and services are tremendous.  CDOT’s vision is to help develop and maintain an efficient transportation system, and this grant program certainly helps put that vision into practice.  This is an excellent partnership.”  A 2013 Economic Impact Study of Colorado Airports showed that the airports support 265,700 jobs statewide and create a total economic output of $37.6 billion annually.

“This year’s CDAG funding will leverage nearly $51.5 million of Federal Aviation Administration airport improvement program funding” noted Aeronautics Division Director David Ulane.  “We are always looking for ways to be a strong partner with the FAA, our public use airports across Colorado, and our flying public, and this grant program is one of several ways we are able to do exactly that.”

Colorado legislation was created 1991 to develop and maintain the Colorado Aviation System through taxes collected on aviation fuel sold within the state. There are no general funds used to meet the needs within the Colorado Aviation System. The Colorado Aviation System is funded solely through the taxes collected by those actually using the aviation system.

Grant applications received from Colorado public use airports are evaluated by CDOT Division of Aeronautics staff and approved by the Colorado Aeronautical Board.  The Governor then reviews the grant applications and issues the final go-ahead.

A listing of Colorado airports receiving grants in 2017 is outlined below.  Click here for a comprehensive listing of discretionary aviation grant awards, individual airport funding, federal funding, and project details.

The Colorado Airport System consists of 74 public use airports that support over 265,000 jobs, provide $12.6 billion in annual payroll, and $36.7 billion in total annual economic output for the State of Colorado.

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