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Palazzo Applauds $3.7 Million Grant for South Mississippi Airports

Washington, DC - Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4), today applauded the announcement of $3,766,672 in FY21 Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grants from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for two South Mississippi airports.

Columbia-Marion Country Airport in Columbia will receive funding to reconstruct the taxiway, and the Stennis International Airport in Bay St. Louis will receive funding to expand the airport’s apron.

"South Mississippi is a popular tourist destination and an ever-growing hub of science and technology. This FAA investment in our aviation infrastructure will not only bring people from around the nation to our beautiful home, but will help send our experts and technology around the nation safely. I look forward to the completion of these improvement projects and the economic growth they will bring to our communities," said Palazzo.

“Investments like this ensure Hancock County’s community airport remains a premiere destination for general aviation and military and industry partners. The expanded ramp will foster activity and open new opportunities for hangar construction,” said Bill Cotter, Hancock County Port and Harbor CEO. “We appreciate the continued support of Congressman Palazzo, Sen. Hyde-Smith, Sen. Wicker and the FAA for making the project possible and their support to make Stennis International the cornerstone of Mississippi's aerospace industry."
Grant recipients:

  • Columbia-Marion County, Columbia- $1,000,000
  • Stennis International, Bay St. Louis- $2,766,672

These projects will receive an additional amount authorized in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) that will cover the local match to fund the project at 100% federal share. Below is a breakdown of ARPA funding related to these two projects.

  • Columbia-Marion County, Columbia- $111,111
  • Stennis International, Bay St. Louis- $307,408