Starkville among airports to get project money

Jim Gaines
Staff Writer

Starkville's airport will get a share of a federal grant, according to joint news release from U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, R-Miss.
The George M. Bryan Airport will get $680,974 to improve its runway safety area. The money comes through the FAA, but was approved as part of the fiscal 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, according to the news release. The grants to three airports total $4.9 million.
Most of the money – $3.4 million – is going to the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport; but the Kosciusko-Attala County Airport will also get $760,710 for runway rehabilitation.
“These grants represent a major investment to support the future growth of communities around Mississippi,” Cochran said in the news release. “In addition to improving safety and efficiency, infrastructure investments like these can help the long-term economic outlook for our state.”
Cochran chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, while Wicker is a senior member of the Senate Commerce Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee.