The Ventura County News Channel story here.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) has announced more than $3.7 million in federal grant funding for the Camarillo Airport to expand aircraft parking, which will better enable it to support Ventura County’s robust local economy.
“The Camarillo Airport plays an essential role in our region’s economy as a hub for commerce,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “I am pleased that Ventura County is receiving this funding, because infrastructure improvements at the airport are essential for local aviation businesses and other companies to thrive.”
Camarillo Airport will receive $3,755,942 from the Federal Aviation Administration to support the construction of a 16,700-square-yard northeast apron to provide aircraft parking for users of the airport.
“The development of new hangars at the Camarillo airport has been part of the Airport Master Plan for many years, and we are excited to receive grant funds that will assist us in developing the necessary infrastructure associated with this project,” said Todd McNamee, Director of Airports for Ventura County. “Currently, there is a five year wait for County storage hangars and this project will help accommodate a good portion of that demand. This grant, and others like it, is attributable to Congresswoman Julia Brownley’s leadership in Congress on the House Aviation Subcommittee and reflects her commitment to her constituents in Ventura County.”
As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Aviation, Congresswoman Brownley works closely with Ventura County officials to support the general aviation airports in Camarillo and Oxnard, which together generate $300 million in economic value annually and support 2,500 local jobs.
In 2013, President Obama signed into law legislation that included a provision spearheaded by Congresswoman Brownley to transfer land at Camarillo Airport that was part of the former Oxnard Air Force Base to the County of Ventura. The transfer of the land back to the County will spur business development at the airport, which is an important economic driver for Ventura County.