St. Louis Co. Board Moves Forward with Plans to Help with Airport Renaming Project

Board Takes Next Step to Help with Funding for Oberstar Renaming Project

The St. Louis County Board took steps Tuesday toward honoring a late northern Minnesota lawmaker.

They voted 6–0 to advance a resolution to help with efforts to rename the Duluth International Airport Terminal after Congressman Jim Oberstar.

Congressman Oberstar was considered a champion of aviation in this region, and it’s through his leadership and vision that such a vibrant aviation sector exists at the Duluth International Airport today.

As the longtime chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, he was able to secure millions of dollars for road, bridge, bike path and transit projects for Minnesota and his home district – including crucial funding for the $78 million Duluth terminal project during his final years in Congress.

Renaming the Duluth terminal will require public and private donations, which are being organized by the Monaco Air Foundation.

The city of Duluth committed $30,000 to the effort and the county was asked to do the same.

The money to fund the resolution has been identified in County Administration’s budget for Communications/Public Relations, Fund 100, Agency 104001.

The Oberstar family will work with City of Duluth officials and community leaders to determine how the naming project will look, what it will cost and when it will be unveiled to the public.

The renaming is expected to happen later in 2015.

The resolution to set aside the $30,000 for the terminal renaming project is up for final approval on August 4th.

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