October 09, 2020
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, commended the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) announcement that the Jefferson City Memorial Airport will be eligible to receive a 100% federal subsidy to cover the costs of operating the contract tower program. Previously, DOT required Jefferson City to pay nearly 20% of the program costs as the local share.
“This announcement is great news for the airport and for Jefferson City,” said Blunt. “I hope that by eliminating the local cost share for the contract tower program, the city will be able to dedicate resources toward other critical needs. I appreciate Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s commitment to helping our state strengthen our air transportation network and look forward to continuing to work with Mayor Tergin to support Jefferson City’s priorities on the federal level.”
“I appreciate the quick response and follow through of Senator Blunt and his staff,” said Jefferson City Mayor Carrie Tergin. “The airport is extremely important to the mid-Missouri area. The airport has over $20 million economic impact annually to the Mid-Missouri region. We look forward to continuing to explore ways we can improve our Jefferson City Airport.”
As a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, Blunt has prioritized funding for the contract tower program. The Blunt-backed FY2020 funding bill included $170 million for the program. In addition to Jefferson City, the contract tower program supports airports in Joplin, Columbia, Branson, and St. Joseph.