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City of Kansas City, Mo.

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CONTACT: Joe McBride, public information officer, (816) 243-3164

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 1, 2009

KCI Airport again to receive federal stimulus dollars

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Aviation Department has received notification that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will award Kansas City International Airport a $9.3 million grant funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for new and enhanced closed circuit television systems.

These systems provide enhanced surveillance capabilities throughout the airport. Previously, the department received a $7 million grant funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for rehabilitation of runways 1R/19L and 9/27, taxiways and aprons. The airport’s new inline baggage screening system is already completed so it was not eligible for funding.

The Department of Homeland Security announced $57.6 million in funding for six airport security projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and designed to enhance the Transportation Security Administration’s efforts to strengthen security at airports, while creating jobs across the country. Stimulus projects are 100 percent funded and there is no local match.

“The City of Kansas City, Mo., is committed to continuously improving the safety and security of Kansas City International Airport,” Director of Aviation Mark VanLoh said. “These state-of-the-art technologies will bolster security for Kansas City travelers and put Kansas Citians to work.”

In awarding American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, Department of Homeland Security prioritizes shovel-ready projects that infuse resources into local economies quickly while meeting critical security needs. Department of Homeland Security is on track to obligate more than 50 percent by the end of September 2009.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 19, 2009, committed more than $3 billion for homeland security projects through Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration. Of the $1 billion allocated to Transportation Security Administration for aviation security projects, $700 million was dedicated to screening checked baggage and $300 million was allocated for checkpoint explosives detection technology and closed circuit television systems.

To learn more about the Department of Homeland Security Recovery Act projects, visit http://www.dhs.gov/recovery.

Media inquiries should be directed to Joe McBride, public information officer for the Aviation Department, (816) 243-3164 or the Department of Homeland Security at (202) 282-8010.

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