Grant Could Subsidize Air Service

Sheridan County Airport Manager John Stopka talked about the grant during a recent meeting with commissioners. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)
Sheridan County Airport Manager John Stopka talked about the grant during a recent meeting with commissioners. (Photo by Leslie Stratmoen)

Grant money could subsidize local air service. Sheridan Media's Leslie Stratmoen has the report.


The manager of the Sheridan County Airport proposed a plan Tuesday morning to the county commissioners that could bring in money to pay for enhancements, including subsidizing an airline carrier.

Manager John Stopka suggested they join forces with two other airports, Riverton and Cheyenne, to seek grant funding. He said the grant could be up to a million dollars, split between the three, and could secure guaranteed flights.

Following a discussion on the proposal, the commissioners endorsed the plan by approving an expenditure of about $10 to $12,000, which would be Sheridan’s portion of the bill to pay Nick Wangler of Forecast Inc. to write the grant. Stopka said he had money in his budget to cover the cost.

He said the grant would come from the US Department of Transportation through the Small Community Air Service Development Program. The program is designed to help small communities address air service and airfare issues and is managed under the Office of Aviation Analysis. Stopka said the grant makes $15-16 million available for airports nationwide.

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