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Central Kentucky Regional Airport in Richmond gets $3.5 million in federal funding

Plane at the Central Kentucky Regional Airport in Richmond, KY
Stan Ingold
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Plane at the Central Kentucky Regional Airport in Richmond, KY

Eastern Kentucky University just received millions in federal funding from the Fiscal Year 2024 Community Project Funding process.

Congressman Andy Barr announced EKU was awarded $3.5 million dollars for the Central Kentucky Regional Airport. This is where students in the university's aviation program get hands-on experience flying aircraft.

The funds will be used to construct a general aviation terminal to accommodate growing demands of the airport. EKU president David McFaddin said the airport plays a crucial role in meeting the needs of the community's academic and economic needs. EKU has the only 4-year aviation program in Kentucky.

Berea Mayor Bruce Fraley said the airport is a unique example of interlocal cooperation between Madison County Fiscal Court, Eastern Kentucky University, the City of Richmond and his City of Berea.

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Stan Ingold is WEKU's News Director. He has worked in public broadcasting for 18 years, starting at Morehead State Public Radio before spending the past 10 years at Alabama Public Radio. Stan has been honored with numerous journalism awards for his public radio reporting.
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