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Cargo Study Grant Awarded to Help Airport

Peoria, IL— Governor Rod R. Blagojevich announced a $166,500 grant to the Village of Bartonville from the Illinois Tomorrow Corridor Planning program. Illinois Tomorrow Corridor Planning Grants are designed to promote planning at the local level for future needs. "We want to see communities across Illinois continue to grow and flourish. But growth should not compromise a community's quality of life. These grants will help local governments plan ahead so as more residents and businesses move in, the community is ready for the expansion and the quality of life stays strong," Gov. Blagojevich said.

"As we strive to develop jobs and economic opportunity, it is important that we carefully think through our infrastructure investments and plan for 'smart growth,' not growth that could erode quality of life," said state Senator George Shadid (D-Pekin).

"I am very please to hear the governor announce an Illinois Tomorrow Grant for the city of Bartonville," said state Senator Dale Risinger (R-Peoria). "As the demand for the movement of freight by air increases, it is important to study the impact it will have on nearby land uses and the quality of life around the airport."

The Illinois Tomorrow Corridor Planning grant program assists communities throughout Illinois in developing plans that will protect and improve their quality of life. It encourages partnerships between private and public groups to work together for the long-range interests of people who live in the areas impacted by future growth. The village of Bartonville will receive $166,500 for developing a strategy to increase heavy air freight at the Peoria Regional Airport and to study transportation and land use implications associated with an increase.

"The Peoria Airport has the largest runway and the only 24 hour air traffic control tower, outside Chicago. This grant will allow for us to explore the great potential for increased freight traffic which would result in new job creation and economic development for our community," said state Representative Aaron Schock (R-Peoria). "This grant will go a long way in helping to jump-start the process of expanding and strengthening our airport's competitiveness."

Communities participating in the Illinois Tomorrow Corridor Planning program work with state government to ensure that the programs that impact growth are put into place effectively, and to look at new solutions to problems they may face. These problems can include traffic congestion, loss of open space and farmland, environmental quality, urban infrastructure needs and fragmented local planning.

Contacts:
Ken R. Spirito
Director of Airports
phone: (309) 697-8272
e-mail: kspirito@flypia.com

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