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Pennsylvania Enhances Airport Infrastructure and Economic Impact

Pennsylvania officials, including Lieutenant Governor Austin Davis and PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll, introduced a new Aviation Economic Impact Calculator during an event at New Garden Flying Field in Chester County. This tool, developed by PennDOT, enables the state’s 120 public-use airports to evaluate the economic effects of their operations and updates. The initiative is part of a broader strategy, backed by both state funds and the federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), aimed at boosting airport infrastructure and economic growth across the Commonwealth.

The New Garden Flying Field recently completed a terminal expansion with a budget of nearly $1 million, funded through BIL and state allocations. This expansion added a new public lounge, improved accessibility, and increased employment at the facility. Pennsylvania’s aviation sector, vital for transportation and economic development, contributes significantly to the local economy with over 226,000 jobs and a $34 billion annual economic impact.

PennDOT also announced an upcoming training webinar to educate airport representatives on using the new calculator. Additionally, Pennsylvania airports are set to receive over $70 million annually from the BIL through 2026, with matching funds provided by the state.


Tammy Annette Robinson 1964-2024

For the past years, Tammy helped take care of her mother. She enjoyed watching game shows and listening to contemporary Christian music.

Robert William Gordon 1947-2024

Born August 18, 1947, a son of the late Merrill R. and Goldie E. Kotzmoyer Gordon, Bob liked to hunt and fish, and loved spending time with his family.

Janice Mae Keller 1938-2024

Janice always enjoyed shopping trips with her children and always used that opportunity to stop at her favorite restaurant, Olive Garden.

Ethel R. Smith 1935-2024

Ethel was a very loving and caring woman. She will always be remembered and cherished as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Sharon M. Matthews 1951-2024

Sharon enjoyed game shows on TV, mostly Wheel of Fortune. She also liked watching the Food Network and talk about what they made.

Ralph V. Foltz 1928-2024

Ralph enjoyed hunting, telling stories, and traveling around the United States on bus trips, alongside his wife Lois.

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