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My Town: Ford Airport awarded $3.8 million grant for safety upgrades

My Town: Ford Airport awarded $3.8 million grant for safety upgrades

KENTWOOD, Mich.—The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is getting millions of dollars for safety upgrades.

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced it is awarding a $3.8 million grant to the airport to purchase an aircraft rescue and fire fighting vehicle, rehabilitate runway lighting and build a deicing containment facility.

"Making sure passengers are able to travel to and from West Michigan is vital to the state’s economy," said Senator Debbie Stabenow. "This support will help ensure that the Gerald R. Ford International Airport can continue to keep people travelling safely and increase business activity to boost the economy."

“Airports are essential to tourism, economic development and cultural exchange,” Senator Carl Levin added. “This federal funding will ensure that a vital cog in the West Michigan economy keeps humming.”

My Town: Ford Airport honored for response to brutal winter

My Town: Ford Airport honored for response to brutal winter

KENTWOOD, Mich.--  Winter is long behind us, but the Gerald R. Ford International Airport is being honored for how it handled the brutal conditions.

The airport was recently awarded the Balchen/Post Award for Outstanding Achievement in Airport Snow & Ice Control.  The award was presented during the International Aviation Snow Symposium.  The Ford Airport won the small category, which is for airports that have less than 100,000 scheduled take-offs and landings each year.

“We all know how challenging this past winter was for our staff and that meant additional work and long hours making sure our airfield and operations were safe and secure,” said GFIA Executive Director Brian Ryks. “This is a tremendous achievement for our staff, and I cannot say enough about the hard working airport operations and field maintenance crews who are the recipients of this award.  We are very proud to be recognized as the best among our peers.”

My Town Cascade Township: Highway lane closure planned for Friday

My Town Cascade Township: Highway lane closure planned for Friday

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Drivers on a busy Kent County highway may run into delays Friday, April 25.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is shutting down the left lane of eastbound M-6 to eastbound I-96 for soil testing.  The lane closure will be in effect from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The ramp to eastbound I-96 will remain open.

My Town: Workshops for more pedestrian-friendly communities April 21-25

My Town: Workshops for more pedestrian-friendly communities April 21-25

 

CASCADE TOWNSHIP, Mich.—The Michigan Department of Transportation is looking for community members interested in making their neighborhood a more pleasant place to walk.

MDOT will be holding a series of walkability reviews designed to help community officials, business owners and residents learn about the benefits that come with a safe and attractive walking environment.  Pedestrian planning experts from Toole Design Group will lead the each event.  To register, email the contact below no later than Friday, April 4.

Dates

Location

Contact

Monday, April 21

Cascade Township

My Town: Airport prepares for spring break travel surge

My Town: Airport prepares for spring break travel surge

KENTWOOD, Mich.—The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is preparing for packed parking lots and full facilities, as spring break travelers take to the air.

Now through April, the Transportation Security Administration expects longer security lines and is urging passengers to arrive at the airport at least two hours prior to their departure time.  To speed up the process, the TSA also offers these tips:

My Town: Ford Airport welcomes Hollywood stars

My Town: Ford Airport welcomes Hollywood stars

KENTWOOD, Mich.— Travelers at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport got a taste of Hollywood last week, as crews shot scenes for a film starring Jesse Eisenberg.

A crew of more than 100 people worked more than 14 hours shooting scenes throughout the airport for “The End of the Tour”.  Grand Rapids’ airport will represent the Minneapolis- St. Paul and Chicago O’Hare airports in the movie.

“Not only are we happy to host the cast and crew for filming, but we are happy they are flying in and out of our airport and bringing in money to support the local economy,” said GFIA Executive Director Brian Ryks.  “They are flying in and out of Grand Rapids, grabbing a cup of Starbucks at our airport, staying in our hotels and eating in our restaurants.  It’s wonderful for the entire West Michigan community.”

My Town: Ford Airport to unveil newly redesigned visitor area

My Town: Ford Airport to unveil newly redesigned visitor area

KENTWOOD, Mich.—  Gerald R. Ford International Airport will soon open a new hub for visitors.

The airport will unveil its newly redesigned visitor information area this Friday, March 14.  Ford Airport teamed up with global furniture manufacturer Steelcase and Experience Grand Rapids to create the new center, which features new furniture and technology.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 10:45 a.m. Friday.