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Stennis Airport completes $4.85M runway improvement project

Updated: Aug. 6, 2018 at 12:37 PM CDT
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HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Nearly $5 million worth of improvements are now finished at Stennis International Airport in Hancock County.

The 8,500-foot grooved and lighted runway is an essential component to attracting new companies to the airpark, which is currently home to 16 companies and nearly 400 employees. Stennis Airport also serves as an important military training facility, relying on both the runway as well as Stennis Space Center's acoustical buffer zone.

"Maintaining and upgrading our facilities is key to increasing our competitiveness as a leader in aviation and aerospace along the Gulf Coast," said Bill Cork, CEO of the HCPHC. "We are thankful for our congressional delegation and federal partners who understand the significance of maintaining first-class facilities and infrastructure for both current and future aviation usage."

The $4.85 million in funding came from the Federal Aviation Administration's airport improvement program. The last major runway pavement overlay was performed nearly 20 years ago and was at the end of its design life.

By partnering with federal and local leaders, the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission has invested more than $34.1 million in the airpark and an additional $26.9 million in facility improvements at Port Bienville and the surrounding industrial parks over the last 10 years.

"Collaborating with federal agencies and partners such as Stennis Space Center, the FAA and military leaders brings together the resources needed to enhance our assets while pursuing projects that can create new jobs and investment in our community," said Robert Kane, president of Commission.

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