Sens. Klobuchar, Franken, Rep. Walz Announce $500,000 to Improve Rochester Airport
Today, U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Rep. Tim Walz (D-Minn.) announced that Rochester International Airport has received $500,000 to better connect local businesses to markets all over the world. The funds, issued through the Department of Transportation's Small Community Air Service Development Program, will be combined with local funding to help the airport recruit additional airline service.
"From IBM to the Mayo Clinic, countless businesses and entrepreneurs depend on Rochester International," said Sen. Klobuchar. "Strengthening the airport means strengthening the economy in the entire region, and ensures that Rochester will have the world-class airport it deserves."
"Rochester and the surrounding communities are home to some of the biggest employers in Minnesota, and to hundreds of small businesses that are critical to our state's economy," said Sen. Franken."Rochester International Airport is vital to connecting these businesses to markets all over the world. This funding will help the Rochester airport expand its service, helping more businesses to grow and create jobs right here in Minnesota."
"Rochester is the fastest growing city in our state and is a major medical destination for millions each year," said Rep. Walz. "To ensure a prosperous future for Rochester and the surrounding communities, we must make certain they have the tools they need to succeed. These funds will allow the Rochester International Airport, a vital artery in the community, to keep up with demand and will increase the efficiency and ability of local businesses to compete in the world market."
Sens. Klobuchar and Franken both recently urged Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to approve Rochester International Airport's grant application.