House Approves $450,000 for Proposed Aviation Research & Technology Park in Atlantic County
U.S. Representative Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02), a member of the House Aviation Subcommittee, announced today a total of $450,000 in federal funding for the proposed Aviation Research and Technology Park at the William J. Hughes FAA Tech Center in Atlantic County. Secured in the past two weeks through two annual spending bills, $350,000 would be directed to the Richard Stockton College for the development of academic programs at the proposed industrial park. The remaining $100,000 would be directed to Atlantic County for design of the 55-acre site.
"Plans for the proposed Aviation Research & Technology Park at the FAA Tech Center are clearly progressing, which is great news for both Atlantic County and the aviation industry at large," said LoBiondo. "I am pleased to secure this funding for the proposed aviation park that will bring additional high-skilled jobs into southern New Jersey and foster innovation in the aviation technology sector. I will continue to work with the FAA Tech Center, Stockton College, and all vested parties to make this proposal a reality."
"Congressman LoBiondo's continued support in securing funding for the Aviation Research and Technology Park underscores this project's many benefits to the region: diversification of the workforce, continued economic growth, and expanded educational opportunities," said Dr. Herman Saatkamp Jr, President of The Richard Stockton College. "The Congressman shares our vision for a high-tech hub for not only southern New Jersey, but the entire East Coast."
Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson added, "I am very grateful to Congressman LoBiondo's for his support on this important project. The development of an Aviation Research and Technology Park in Atlantic County will be a benefit not only to our local area but to our nation as a whole. His efforts will help move the park towards fruition."
The proposed Aviation Research and Technology Park would be located on a 55 acre parcel controlled by the FAA's William J. Hughes Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township. The park will provide an environment where advanced concepts in aviation research can be explored by engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians and air traffic controllers to advance the modernization and protection of our national airspace system and increasing airspace and airport capacity. LoBiondo had previously secured $75,000 in an economic development grant for the Atlantic County Improvement Authority to initiate the feasibility study.
The funding was included in two annual appropriations bills passed by the House: the Fiscal Year 2008 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill ($350,000) and the Fiscal Year 2008 Transportation- HUD Appropriations bill ($100,000). Both bills are now pending before the U.S. Senate.