June 04, 2021
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe today applauded an announcement made by the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) that they are awarding a $4 million CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Durant, Oklahoma, to build an operations center at the Choctaw Nation Emerging Aviation Technology Center.
“Oklahoma has a long history of leadership in aviation and aerospace and this EDA funding from the CARES Act will be put to good use—building an operations center for the Choctaw Nation’s Emerging Aviation Technology Center,” Inhofe said. “I look forward to all the good that will be done at this new center and to continue working to secure funding for Oklahoma.”
“The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has a bold and ambitious vision for the future, and in particular we are optimistic about the benefits to society that future transportation technologies will bring,” said Chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Gary Batton. “The facility that will be built with this grant will be a key centerpiece of our advanced Emerging Aviation Technology Center in southeastern Oklahoma, which will help the region recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, retain and create jobs, attract private investment, and advance economic resiliency throughout the region.”
On June 11, 2020, Inhofe sent a letter to the EDA in support of the Choctaw Nation’s funding application for the technology center.