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Congressman Yarmuth Announces $10 Million for Airport

Federal Funding Will Go Toward Noise Mitigation for Surrounding Areas

(Washington, DC) Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) announced that Louisville International Airport has been awarded a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to be used for noise mitigation for the surrounding neighborhoods.

"It's a great honor to announce that our airport has been selected to receive a $10 million grant from the Department of Transportation," Congressman Yarmuth said.  "As our airport grows to meet new demands, this funding will provide relief to families who have been impacted by the airport's expansion -- ensuring that their quality of life remains a top priority.

The grant is part of the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century.  The funding will support the Louisville Airport's Voluntary Residential Relocation Program.   This initiative is designed to provide relocation support for families in the noise-impacted areas.

"This $10 million will voluntarily relocate half of the remaining eligible-and interested-families from the most noise-impacted areas around Louisville International Airport-clearly moving the relocation process closer to completion," said J.D. Nichols, Chairman of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority Board.

Highlighting a recent economic report, Yarmuth added, "Federal support is not only essential to our airport, it is also critical to Louisville's economic development."

An economic impact study released last month found that Louisville International Airport and its business partners provide 43,600 jobs for the community, yielding nearly $2 billion of income.  The airport is also responsible for $4.5 billion in yearly business expenditure, generating $246 million in local and state tax revenue annually.