U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky announced Friday the Porter County Regional Airport landed a $156,656 grant for rehabilitation and maintenance.
The Federal Aviation Administration awarded the grant to fund immediate repairs to taxiway pavement and pay for an environmental review for rehabilitation on a runway that is nearing the end of its usable life.
The grant is the first part of a multi-step maintenance project at the airport, which has more than 50,000 flights a year.
"Investment in Northwest Indiana's infrastructure is essential to the vitality of our regional economy," Visclosky said. "Projects that maintain and upgrade our transportation network create good-paying jobs as well as attract new economic activity."