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Calling it a “historic day,” West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced this afternoon inside the terminal building at the North Central West Virginia Airport that the complex will be the recipient of $20 million in funding for what will essentially be a three-phase project aimed at economic development.
 
“This is a historic infrastructure plan,” said Justice. ” … The aim is to improve the airport and turn it into a gateway for West Virginia.”
 
The plan will devleop surrounding land at the airport for commercial and industrial use. It will also create land that will be used for a new terminal building.
 
Of the money, $10 million will come in a grant from the West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council. Justice said the remaining $10 million comes as the result of working with the United States Economic Development Administration in a loan form.
 
More on this shortly on Connect-Bridgeport.
 
Editor’s Note: Pictured, from left, is Benedum Airport Authority President Ron Watson, NCWV Airport Director Rick Rock and Gov. Jim Justice.