By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
MOUNT STERLING, Ill. -- The Mount Sterling Airport is set to receive a $140,400 state grant to help fund the installation of an automatic weather observation system.
The grant was announced Wednesday as part of nearly $7.3 million awarded to 19 airports across Illinois from the state's capital construction program. The project is expected to cost $156,000 with $15,600 coming from local money.
The Illinois aviation system comprises nearly 80 publicly-owned airport. An economic study released last year showed that Illinois airports contribute more than $40 billion to local economies.
According to the report, the Mount Sterling Airport has a total economic output of $6.3 million and 29 jobs.
"Airports are a local economic engine for communities, regional trades and professional services, and are essential to making sure Illinois remains competitive in today's growing economy," said Gov. Pat Quinn in press release announcing the grants. "This major investment will generate hundreds of direct jobs and indirect jobs, improve accessibility and further strengthen Illinois' position as a national leader in infrastructure."