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APPLETON, WI. – Today, Rep. Mike Gallagher announced a Department of Transportation (DOT) grant of $10,452,500 to Appleton International Airport for the construction of an Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Training Facility. Rep. Gallagher was instrumental in directing DOT to address the lack of training facilities in Northeast Wisconsin and to award grant funding. Click here for Rep. Gallagher’s letter to the Appropriations Committee. 

Congressman Mike Gallagher: “The $10.5 million in grant money will be a driver of economic development and jobs for not only Appleton, but for all of Northeast Wisconsin. I’m proud to go to bat for our local airports through my work on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and I will continue pushing for policies that encourage growth for the region.”

Abe Weber, Director of Appleton International Airport: “We greatly appreciate Congressman Gallagher’s leadership on this project. This funding will be instrumental in creating a state-of-the-art training center for airport firefighters to complete their FAA-required training. Our strong partnership with Fox Valley Technical College enables Appleton International Airport to build this facility at a fraction of the cost and make training services more accessible to airport first responders. This investment will close the existing training services gap and bring airport first responders across the region to Wisconsin.”

Tom Nelson, Outagamie County Executive: “This project has been a long time in the making and will contribute to our airport’s $700M economic output. We are grateful to our congressional delegation who got this done by working in a bipartisan fashion.”

Rep. Gallagher was selected to serve on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, one of the largest committees in Congress, in May of 2018.  He serves on three of its subcommittees: Highways and Transit; Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials; and Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management.

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