Port Lansing and Lansing Capitol Region Airport received a major boost to its international terminal building, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow announced today. The airport received nearly $700,000 ($693,397) to add a Federal Inspection Station to the International terminal to provide space for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. This will expand the number of international flights at the airport and will further establish Lansing as an international hub for businesses. Port Lansing is Mid-Michigan's only U.S. Port of Entry.
Senator Debbie Stabenow said, "The more businesses export the more jobs they can create in Michigan. By expanding Port Lansing's international facilities at the airport, Michigan businesses will be able to sell more of their products and services overseas."
Bob Selig, the Executive Director of the Capital Region Airport Authority, added, "This grant is instrumental in helping to cover the costs of expanding the terminal building at the Capital Region International Airport to provide for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Federal Inspection Station. This grant was essential to making the establishment of Port Lansing possible."
Senator Stabenow actively supported the establishment of the International Trade Center of Mid-Michigan and has previously secured funding for Capital Region International Airport to help Michigan businesses have a greater presence in global markets. Senator Stabenow is a member of President Obama's Export Council, which is the principal private sector advisory committee to the Administration. President Obama has called for doubling U.S. exports in five years.