|TRAFICANT, James A., Jr.,|
Friday, October 30, 1998
Youngstown, Ohio – U.S. Rep. James A. Traficant, Jr. (D–OH) announced today that the Federal Aviation Administration has approved the award of a $15 million grant to Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna. The grant will be used to continue work on the establishment of an air cargo distribution facility. The grant follows a $3 million grant awarded the airport in August. Traficant was notified this afternoon of the grant by Rodney Slater, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation. "I have been working closely with the President, Vice President Gore and Secretary Slater over the past year to ensure that the airport got at least $18 million this year to move this vital project forward," said Traficant. "I'm thrilled that the Clinton Administration has fulfilled the promise it made to me and the citizens of our Valley on the airport."
In October of 1996 the Vienna airport was awarded a $11.5 million grant from the FAA for the first phase of the project. The grant was announced by then-Transportation Secretary Federico Pena, who stated that the Clinton Administration was committed to providing funds for all phases of the air cargo project. Since that time, Traficant, a senior member of the House Transportation Subcommittee on Aviation, has been working closely with the Clinton Administration and airport officials to facilitate the award of the grant. The airport will actually receive the $15 million grant early next week. The $29.5 million in FAA grants awarded to the airport over the past two years has all been discretionary money awarded through the FAA's Airport Improvement Program. The AIP provides both formula and discretionary grants to U.S. airports.
The proposed air cargo distribution facility will include extended runways, state-of-the-art cargo complex, road and rail access, and a foreign free-trade zone. Over the past five years Traficant has met on several occasions with top Administration officials – including the President – to discuss the air cargo proposal. He has also organized a number of meetings and briefings involving federal, state and local officials. In 1996 Traficant attached an amendment to an FAA reauthorization bill making it easier for small airports, such as Youngstown-Warren Regional, to receive federal air cargo grants. The Traficant provision is now law.2009