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December 19, 2016 13:51EVV News, Press Releases
Printed by Permission for Immediate Release
INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 19, 2016) – The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) has approved Regional Cities Initiative funding to support the renovation of the Evansville Regional Airport Terminal.
"The Evansville Regional Airport is the gateway to Indiana's Great Southwest, continuing to attract commerce, business and talent to the region" said Governor Mike Pence. "The renovations of the Evansville Airport will continue to set Indiana apart as the Crossroads of America. As our state enters its third century, it is connectivity projects like this that will keep Indiana soaring."
The Evansville Regional Terminal Building was designed 30 years ago, and must undergo infrastructure updates in order to remain functional and competitive. Functional improvements to the airport include reconfiguring the TSA security gates, increasing the utilization of jet ways and updating their terminal's restrooms, restaurants and parking. Additionally, the airport will undergo renovations to update its appearance.
The updated terminal will improve the region’s connectivity and help local companies grow their businesses, attract talent, develop new customers and improve the quality of supply chains. Design work and bid packages should be finished within the coming weeks.
State funding: $5 million
“Evansville Regional Airport is an important driver of economic activity in the region, so making investments that lay the groundwork for additional, affordable choices for flyers and better facilities for passengers is incredibly important,” said Doug Joest, executive director of the Evansville-Vanderburgh Airport Authority District. “The Regional Cities funding will help the airport create a modern and streamlined terminal with an impressive front door to the community.”
These projects were recommended for funding by the Southwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) and are part of the region's Indiana's Great Southwest plan, which outlines a goal of 11 regional development projects in four counties totaling $926 million in quality of place investments.
Southwest Indiana was one of three Indiana regions selected to receive state funding through the Regional Cities Initiative, which will allocate a total of $126 million toward 100 quality of place projects totaling more than $2 billion in combined state, local and private investment in order to retain and attract top talent to the Hoosier state.
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Spearheaded by Governor Mike Pence, the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative sets a framework for neighboring communities across the state to work together to develop regional visions that are supported by compelling strategic plans focused on quality of place. The initiative will help each region develop a positive and unique national brand to advance the goal of becoming a destination for talent. Passed in 2015 with bipartisan support by the Indiana General Assembly, the initiative is overseen by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation. To learn more visit www.IndianaRegionalCities.com or follow on Twitter at @Indiana_EDC, #INRegionalCities.