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MassDOT Aeronautics LogoThe Baker-Polito Administration’s Department of Transportation (MassDOT) celebrated the construction of a new administration building at the Fitchburg Municipal Airport which benefited from nearly $4.1 million in state funding.

A ribbon-cutting was held in Fitchburg to highlight the new 4,100 square foot building that received 95% of its funding through MassDOT and replaced the original administration building constructed in 1952.

“We are proud of our administration’s investments in supporting the operations of Fitchburg Municipal Airport and it’s economic impact on the community and region,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “By improving our transportation infrastructure and supporting local and regional airports, we can ensure a range of transit opportunities and destinations across Massachusetts.”

The new building is approximately three times the size of the old building and hosts administrative offices, a meeting room that is used by numerous departments and agencies, a pilot’s quiet area, as well as leasable space which is being used by a flight school. According to MassDOT’s Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study, Fitchburg Municipal Airport in 2015 supported 129 jobs with a payroll of over $4.7 million and generated over $14.6 million in economic output.

“The construction of this new administration building was made possible thanks to funding from MassDOT and the collaboration with our partners in the Massachusetts Legislature, the City of Fitchburg, and the federal government,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We are pleased to continue making strategic investments in our transit infrastructure across the Commonwealth and providing better accommodations for pilots, travelers, airport personnel, local employers, and those who use our airports.”

The airport also recently received a $1.15 million federal grant that was combined with $64,000 each from MassDOT and the City of Fitchburg and is being used to fund obstruction removal work and ensure FAA safety airspace compliance. There are also plans to expand the airport runway in 2019 using state, local, and federal funds in order to better serve small to mid-sized jets and corporate aircraft.

“Our local and regional airports are key components of our transportation network as they allow residents and visitors to more easily access communities throughout Massachusetts and the region,” said MassDOT Aeronautics Administrator Jeffrey DeCarlo. “We thank all those involved it the construction of the new administration building at Fitchburg Municipal Airport and we are proud to continue promoting reliability, economic development, and better environmental stewardship throughout our aviation systems.”

Massachusetts’ system of 39 public-use airports supports more than 162,000 jobs with over $6.1 billion in total annual payroll, and generates $16.6 billion in total economic activity. The MassDOT Aeronautics Division advances the operation and development of these airports through grant funding, airport inspections, technical guidance, statewide planning initiatives, aviation education outreach and communication with local, state and federal officials

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