Dubuque Area Chamber Leaders and Dubuque Regional Airport officials received word from Senator Grassley’s office that they have been awarded $775,000 from the Department of Transportation’s Small Community Air Service Development Program Grant (SCASDP). This grant program is designed to help small communities address air service issues. SCASDP can involve, among others, revenue guarantees, financial assistance for marketing programs, start-up costs and studies.
Public-Private Partnerships were crucial in obtaining the grant award. A consortium led by the Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce and the Dubuque Regional Airport with partners from Greater Dubuque Development Corporation, Travel Dubuque, Dubuque County Board of Supervisors, City of Dubuque, and the Iowa Department of Transportation worked together for a total grant application of $1,310,195. The strategic plan for the grant is to provide nonstop service to Denver International Airport (DEN) and improve connections to the West and Northwest regions where current access is severely limited.