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Riverton Regional Airport

Passengers leave the holding area after going through security to board a Denver Air Connection at the Riverton Regional Airport in Oct. 2016. Sweetwater County commissioners will host a public hearing to gather public input on beginning the first phase of modernizing Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport.

ROCK SPRINGS (WNE) — Sweetwater County commissioners will host a public hearing to gather public input on a request from Southwest Wyoming Regional Airport Director Devon Brubaker for the county to amend its budget and provide $133,333 for the first phase of the commercial terminal modernization project.

In March 2018, the federal government passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which designates $1 billion for airport infrastructure improvement projects. It prioritizes projects at non-primary airports that are classified as regional or local and are not located in a metropolitan area, or classified as small or non-hub, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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On Sept. 27, the FAA announced it awarded $205 million in the first round of supplementary funding. The airport met the Oct. 31 deadline to apply for the final round of supplemental funding for fiscal years 2018-19 and 2019-20.

Discretionary funds are highly competitive, and projects that are “shovel ready” are more likely to receive funding, according to Brubaker.

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