The Ashe County Airport has received $350,000 in state and federal funding to acquire land and to purchase existing hangars.

The Ashe Post and Times reports the N.C. Board of Transportation approved state and federal funding in March for 10 airports for a total investment of $12.2 million. The Ashe County Airport recently received approval from the Ashe County Board of Commissioners to raise rental rates on county owned hangars from $150 per-month to $175 per-month.

The airports that received funding are:

Ashe County Airport: $350,000 to acquire land and existing hangars

Kinston Regional Jetport at Stallings Field: $2,000,000 for terminal building repairs

Mount Airy-Surry County Airport: $480,000 for design and preliminary engineering on a new apron and new hangars

Odell Williamson Municipal Airport (Ocean Isle Beach): $1,202,000 for land acquisition, including rights-of-way and utilities, and preliminary engineering on an expanded runway protection zone

Piedmont-Triad International Airport: $500,000 of design funding for a taxiway over future I-73

Plymouth Municipal Airport: $3,803,486 for construction of a parallel taxiway and related permitting

Siler City Municipal Airport: $37,000 for preliminary design of navigation easements and obstruction clearing

Stanly County Airport: $1,740,604 for 120-inch pipe rehabilitation

Statesville Regional Airport: $1,850,000 for the construction of an eastside parallel taxiway

Tri-County Airport (Aulander): $256,360 for vault relocation

According to the NC Board of Transportation, airports and aviation-related industries contribute $31 billion to North Carolina’s economy each year, per a 2016report. There are 123,400 airport-related jobs in the state. The Division of Aviation is responsible for state airport and aviation system planning and development, and provides funding to communities for constructing and improving airports throughout the state.