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Tompkins County gets $350,000 state grant to help promote airport

By Journal Staff


ITHACA, N.Y. — The Tompkins County Legislature on Tuesday, by unanimous vote, authorized the county to accept a nearly $350,000 grant from the New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) to help fund marketing and promotion at the Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport.

The grant — under the DOT’s Statewide Opportunities for Airport Revitalization (or SOARs) program — will be used to offset the cost of marketing and associated consulting fees to help improve and increase service at the airport, according to a Tompkins County Legislature news release. Mike Hall, airport manager, noted that acceptance of the grant will allow the airport to boost its promotion and marketing as it tries to attract more flights, without increasing the airport’s operating budget for marketing.

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