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Gov. Hickenlooper announces grants to 47 Colorado airports

DENVER — Friday, March 9, 2012 — Gov. John Hickenlooper announced today that $20.4 million in state aviation fuel tax revenues will be distributed to 47 Colorado airports under the Aviation Discretionary Grant Program. The program is administered by the Colorado Aeronautical Board and the Division of Aeronautics of the Colorado Department of Transportation.


“Colorado’s airports are an important part of our state’s economic engine,” Hickenlooper said. “By leveraging these grants with local and federal funds, these critical airport improvements will create jobs and help ensure that Colorado’s transportation system can meet the growing needs of our businesses and travel industry.”


The grants will leverage local and federal funds to total $61.3 million in airport improvements, ranging from runway lighting, runways, taxiways, and aprons to acquisition of firefighting and snow removal equipment. These necessary investments will enhance safety and access for the traveling public and aviators statewide. The 2012 grants range in size from $3,947 to $1.9 million.


A 2008 study commissioned by CDOT Aeronautics indicated that economic activity generated by Colorado’s 14 commercial airports and 60 public-use airports results in more than 340,000 jobs, with a payroll in excess of $11 billion and total economic activity generated by businesses, tenants, and other on-airport activities at more than $32 billion annually. A state of Massachusetts aeronautics study indicated that for each $6 million spent in airport construction spending, as much of the 2012 discretionary grants will be, generates 43 jobs with $2 million in payroll.


Colorado Aeronautical Board Chairman Harold Patton of Greenwood Village said 2011 was a good year for the aviation fund. “We are pleased that the aviation fund is in good health so it can help provide necessary investment in critical aviation infrastructure for our public-use airports,” he said. “This shows yet another way that aviation contributes to Colorado’s economy.”


The Aviation Discretionary Grant Program was instituted by an amendment to the Colorado Constitution in 1992. Proposals from public-use airports are received and evaluated by CDOT Aeronautics staff and approved by the Aeronautical Board, which is comprised of aviation industry representatives appointed by the governor and approved by the Colorado Senate.


The following Colorado communities/airports, listed in alphabetical order, are receiving grant funds this year.


  •  Akron/Colorado Plains Reg. Airport
  • Alamosa/San Luis Valley Airport
  • Aspen-Pitkin County Airport
  • Broomfield/Rocky Mt. Airport
  • Buena Vista/Central CO Airport
  • Burlington/Kit Carson County Airport
  • Canon City/Fremont Co. Airport
  • Center/Leach Airport
  • Colorado Springs Municipal Airport
  • Cortez/Montezuma Co. Airport
  • Craig-Moffat County Airport
  • Del Norte/Astronaut Rominger Airport
  • Delta/Blake Field
  • Denver International Airport
  • Eagle County Municipal Airport
  • Englewood/Centennial Airport
  • Erie Municipal Airport
  • Ft. Collins/Loveland Municipal Airport
  • Granby-Grand County Airport
  • Grand Junction Regional Airport
  • Greeley-Weld County Airport
  • Gunnison/Crested Butte Reg. Airport
  • Hayden/Yampa Valley Reg. Airport
  • Holyoke Municipal Airport
  • La Junta Municipal Airport
  • Las Animas City & County Airport
  • Leadville-Lake County Airport
  • Limon Municipal Airport
  • Longmont/Vance Brand Airport
  • Meeker/Gary Coulter Field
  • Peyton/Meadow Lake Airport
  • Montrose Regional Airport
  • Nucla/Hopkins Field
  • Pagosa Springs/Stevens Field
  • Pueblo Memorial Airport
  • Rangely Airport
  • Rifle/Garfield County Reg. Airport
  • Springfield Municipal Airport
  • Steamboat Springs/Bob Adams Field
  • Sterling Municipal Airport
  • Telluride Regional Airport
  • Trinidad/Perry Stokes Airport
  • Walden-Jackson County Airport
  • Walsenburg/Spanish Peaks Airfield
  • Watkins/Front Range Airport
  • Westcliffe/Silver West airport
  • Yuma Municipal Airport


The attached spreadsheet provides individual project details, including state funds, local funds, federal funds and the type of project to be funded.