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FAA grant will upgrade security at Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Gerald R. Ford International Airport
Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Millions of dollars in security improvements have been awarded to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Gerald R. Ford International Airport will receive more than $3.8 million dedicated to security improvements.

The money is a portion of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. The program receives $3 billion annually. The money is shared among the nation’s 3,300 eligible airports used for upgrading safety, security, capacity, and efficiency measures.

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters worked to secure the grant money. Stabenow says, “Safe and reliable air travel will also help encourage businesses to invest in the region and create jobs.”

Airport officials expressed the money will help to stay current with technology development and as Gerald R. Ford International Airport President & CEO Jim Gill put it to bring in, "state-of-the-art access control and surveillance systems."

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.