Release date: September 18, 2018
Governor Scott Walker today announced that Outagamie County will receive $125,989 from the Transportation Economic Assistance (TEA) program of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). The funds will be used for infrastructure projects related to the construction of a new Air Wisconsin Airlines aircraft maintenance base facility. The improvements will provide truck access to the loading dock, a concrete apron for access to the new hangar and storm water facilities for the new facility at the Appleton International Airport on Endeavour Drive.
The new hangar will house up to four regional jets, as well as office and maintenance support space for Air Wisconsin Airlines, flying as United Express under a long-term United Airlines partnership. Air Wisconsin provides commercial transportation for both passengers and freight.
The total cost for the infrastructure project is estimated at $252,000. Construction on the facility and the related infrastructure is expected to be complete early in 2019. The new hangar will create 73 new jobs and aid in the retention of 250 employees at Air Wisconsin Airlines.
In addition to the TEA grant, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) also is supporting the project by providing Air Wisconsin Airlines with up to $700,000 in state income tax credits over the next three years. The actual amount of credits the company will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs it creates during that time.
The TEA Program
The TEA program provides financial assistance to help communities with road, rail, harbor or airport improvements to attract employers to Wisconsin, or encourage a state employer to expand in the state. The program will reimburse up to 50 percent of the eligible cost of the transportation improvement.
A municipal or county unit of government must sponsor a TEA application. The project must have the local government’s endorsement, and it must benefit the public.
Through December 2017, Wisconsin’s TEA program has invested more than $107 million in 211 communities, benefiting over 364 Wisconsin businesses, and creating or retaining more than 43,500 jobs around the state. Each state fiscal year, the TEA program has $3.4 million available for transportation improvement projects.
WisDOT's website has a complete listing of TEA grants and project details.
For more information, contact:
WisDOT Office of Public Affairs