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Posted on: December 19, 2019

Port Receives Economic Development Loan Under New State Program

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December 19, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:


The Port of Port Angeles has been approved for a $325,000 low interest loan to install new sewer lines at the William R. Fairchild International Airport to service new hangars and aviation infrastructure.

The twenty-year loan, from the newly authorized Community Aviation Revitalization Board (CARB), will fund installation of 1,300 linear feet of sewer lines. The new lines will allow for the development of a 120'x100' corporate hangar building, two 65'x60' corporate/private hangar buildings and a 40'x250' private hangar building that will house nine T-Hangars.  

The new hangars will bring new jobs and economic activity to the airport. They will also provide facilities to support Port tenants and local business needs. The airport does not currently have any large corporate hangers but there is strong demand from current tenants such as Life Flight Network that want a hangar for their response aircraft that is currently housed outside in the weather elements. Having a large hangar available is also critical to recruiting commercial air service back to the airport after a 5-year gap in service.

Port Commission President Connie Beauvais reacted to the Community Aviation Revitalization Board’s decision, 

“The new hangar development aligns with the Port’s mission to bring people, resources and industry together to foster economic prosperity and living wage jobs in Clallam County. The Port is thrilled to move forward with this exciting project”

The Port anticipates finalizing design and engineering early next year and completing the sewer line by the end of 2020. 

The Community Aviation Revitalization Board was enacted by the Legislature in 2019 to provide low interest loans to support economic development at smaller airports around the state. The Port of Port Angeles is among the first recipients of financial support from the program. 

Port of Port Angeles Executive Director Karen Goschen expressed appreciation for this important new program, 

“The Port is grateful that the Legislature enacted this program that targets economic development at smaller airports in Washington State.  We look forward to working with CARB on additional economic development projects in the future”


Contact:

John Nutter

Deputy Executive Director

JohnN@Portof PA.com

360-417-3363

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