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Rochester Seeking $40 Million in Airport Funds

Jul 7, 2016

Architectural design renderings of airport plan

County officials say they've successfully applied for millions of dollars in state grants the governor is making available to upstate airports through the Upstate Airport Economic Development and Revitalization competition.

It allocates $190 million dollars to support new economic development and revitalization at airports in the upstate region.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo says Rochester's airport has applied for the maximum project award of $40 million dollars through an application that focuses on developing a smart terminal through innovation and transformation.

"Our goal is to create a safer, and improved passenger experience with state-of-the-art facilities and amenities," she said, "I'm confident our transformative plan meets and exceeds the state requirements, and I am so looking forward to favorable consideration of our application."

County Executive Dinolfo talking about transformative proposals for ROC

The plan submitted includes upgrades to the security checkpoint, a new cell phone lot, a canopy covering the arrival/departure roadway, integrated communication technology for those with disabilities, a new concessions marketplace, play area for children and much more.

Director of Aviation, Mike Giardino says the project submitted totals $63 million dollars that will be supplemented by other airport funding resources.

"Making a smart terminal is key to energy efficiency, as well as helping those with disabilities. I think that is something we tried to meet," he said.

Giardino adds there's no timetable for when the money will be awarded.

Here’s County Executive Dinolfo talking about the plan: