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Land Board Awards $19 Million in Latest Grant Round to Support Airports in Western North Dakota
Post Date: May 29 2015

By ND Governor's Office
The Board of University and School Lands (Land Board) awarded $19.3 million in Energy Impact Grant funds to support airport improvement projects in western North Dakota.  
Since 2011, the Legislature has appropriated $515 million in Energy Impact Grant funds, which make up a small portion of the state’s total commitment to helping western North Dakota’s oil and gas counties address the impacts of rapid growth.
“By working together we are making great progress in western North Dakota, but there is still a lot of work ahead,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple said. “These grants are part of our ongoing commitment to working with local leaders so that we build on our progress.”
Dalrymple is chairman of the five-member Land Board. Other members of the board are Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, Secretary of State Al Jaeger, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kirsten Baesler and State Treasurer Kelly Schmidt.
The Energy Impact grants approved by the Land Board today are:
  • Williston’s Sloulin Airport - $19 million for land acquisition, terminal design and other costs associated with the city’s airport relocation project.
  • Dunn County Airport Authority - $222,465 for design and construction of a jet fuel facility.
  • New Town Airport Authority - $74,422 for the design of a fuel facility and runway reconstruction.
  • Westhope Municipal Airport - $36,483 for an apron expansion and parking lot expansion. 
To date, the Land Board has awarded nearly $240 million in state Energy Impact Grants during the current biennium, and will award another $140 million in grants during the 2015-2017 biennium. The grants support a wide range of needs in western North Dakota, including enhancements for law enforcement agencies; emergency medical services; fire departments, critical-access hospitals and growing schools. 
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