Buttigieg touts Biden infrastructure investments during Chamberlain visit
DOT Secretary downplays timing of trip juxtaposed Trump visit
CHAMBERLAIN — Federal dollars flowing out of Washington are helping communities in flyover country boost their existing infrastructure.
It’s an accomplishment that brought Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to Chamberlain Monday, as he got a first-hand look at how $855,000 in Federal Aviation Administration grants have been used to renovate the city-owned municipal airport.
“I’m here to talk about getting stuff done, and this is a good example of the Biden Administration doing that,” Buttigieg told a gaggle of reporters during the first of three planned stops on his two-day visit to South Dakota.
Using funds from President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Chamberlain Municipal Airport project kicked off in April and will include a new terminal and space for pilot overnight stays at the facility. The airport sees more than 200 flights a year, primarily for medical flights or inbound and outbound pheasant hunters.
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