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Gerald R. Ford International Airport gets over $8 million for improvements

Pete Buttigieg recently moved to the state of Michigan
Daniel Boothe
Pete Buttigieg recently moved to the state of Michigan

US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg makes announcement Monday in Grand Rapids

U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg visited Grand Rapids Monday to announce grant money that is being awarded to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

“I’m delighted to celebrate today, the award of $8.6 million to the Gerald R. Ford International Airport, and I want to congratulate everyone whose hard work made that happen,” he said.

The new investments at GRR come from the Airport Terminals Grant program, part of President Joe Biden’s recently passed Infrastructure Law.

“This grant is going to fund 8 new passenger boarding bridges so that this airport is able to handle more travelers, and they can walk or roll more comfortably from their gate to their plane," Buttigieg said.

In addition, airport officials say the grant will help fund the expansion of the terminal gate, and improve the airport’s energy efficiency.

The press conference comes on the heels of Buttigieg’s recent relocation to the state of Michigan, as both he and his husband Chasten Buttigieg, recently moved to the Traverse City area.