WMRA to Propose on Airport Infrastructure Funding

Holland, MI— West Michigan Regional Airport (WMRA) will be the recipient of major Capital Improvement funding grants through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. One of only two nationally classified general aviation airports in the state of Michigan, WMRA anticipates receiving up to $763,000 annually from the FAA for up to five consecutive years.

“This funding opportunity will allow WMRA to make strategic infrastructure investments on-field and expand economic development opportunities by making airport owned parcels development ready and connected to our runway. Our goal is to ultimately bring more aerospace and aeronautical business to West Michigan,” said WMRA Director Aaron Thelenwood. “Our proposal will directly align with the Airport Authority’s five year strategic plan to continue to bring business to West Michigan, create local jobs and expand the airport’s economic impact.”

With the first two years of funding, WMRA hopes to complete the North Hangar Taxilane Project, which is the next critical step for development of the Airport’s North Hangar Park Project. More information on development opportunities at West Michigan Regional Airport can be found at: https://westmichiganregionalairport.com/development/.

During a special joint meeting of the Airport Authority and its Building & Development Committee on March 7th, the Board outlined priority projects eligible under the infrastructure spending bill.

Any projects funded by the infrastructure bill will align with the direction of the West Michigan Airport Authority (WMAA). The WMAA governs policy, budget and strategic planning for the airport to align with the best interests of taxpayers.

The WMRA board consists of nine representatives from the three regional municipalities where voters have approved an operations millage. These include the City of Holland, Park Township and the City of Zeeland. The board also retains ex-officio members who represent the Ottawa and Allegan counties.

According to their website, for every dollar of taxpayer support, West Michigan Regional Airport returns $150 to the community in economic impact. The airport sees about 35,000 annual flights and over 50 business and nonprofit organizations currently rely on the airport for regular service.

About the West Michigan Regional Airport
WMRA accelerates business growth and job creation through convenient, efficient access to air travel. With a world-class facility, well-maintained runways and friendly staff, WMRA is an essential resource for businesses, aviation enthusiasts, educators, and healthcare organizations.

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