Today the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that the Tallahassee International Airport (TLH) has received a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation in the amount of $1.77 million. The grant funds will be used for the design of an International Passenger Processing Facility (IPPF) and associated Federal Inspection Station (FIS) at TLH.
The Tallahassee grant was part of a U.S. Transportation award of $986 million in airport infrastructure grants to 354 airports in 44 states and Puerto Rico and Micronesia. This is the fifth allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States.
“Infrastructure projects funded by these grants will advance safety, improve travel, generate jobs and provide other economic benefits for local communities,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.
“This processing facility will provide the ability for goods to be shipped to and received from worldwide destinations,” Mayor John Dailey said. “Tallahassee’s ability to import and export internationally will help to further grow our local economy and is great news for our community and businesses across our region.”
The City of Tallahassee, in a press release, noted that next “steps include the development of a proposed Foreign Trade Zone, which will support current commercial stakeholders and serve as a substantial economic development tool. The new Foreign Trade Zone, once approved by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is expected to stimulate economic growth and accelerate the recruitment of new commerce to the region.”