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Partnership plans push for DM airport terminal expansion

By: - January 16, 2020 1:21 pm

The Greater Des Moines Partnership, Central Iowa’s main economic development group, has announced it will push for state government and other assistance for a proposed $200 million overhaul of the Des Moines International Airport.

That project would include a new terminal airport managers say is needed because the current facility, built in 1948, is too small and outdated. The airport has seen record growth in passenger traffic for several years.

Backers of the project have talked to state lawmakers about a possible grant from gambling receipts, although Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver, R-Ankeny, has said those monies still are largely committed for a while. The terminal would be built over the next eight years.

Another key funding source is a federal proposal to allow airports to increase a fee on air tickets. Des Moines airport officials said the increase could allow bonding that would cover close to half the project cost.

The Partnership’s priorities this year also include:

  • Work on downtown riverfront and river recreation issues such as the proposed kayaking runs downtown.
  • Increase the number of adults with post-secondary education.
  • Create a long-term plan for downtown Des Moines.
  • Increase support of minority-owned businesses in Des Moines.

 

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