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Riverton Regional Airport was one of six airports recognized last month during the recent Federal Aviation Administration Northwest Mountain Region Airports Conference in Seattle.
City leaders said they were proud Riverton Regional was among the few airports recognized among the 400 represented at the conference.
The FAA awarded the city with a certificate of excellence.
"That's a pretty strong compliment to our city and to our airport," public works director Kyle Butterfield said.
Butterfield attended the conference, accepting the award on behalf of the city and airport. He presented it to Mayor Lars Baker during a Riverton City Council meeting.
The airport and city were awarded for their "significant commitment, dedication, and support exhibited during the reconstruction of runway 10/28."
Butterfield recognized airport division manager Paul Griffin and the staff that helped with the runway project, especially the late Bill Urbigkit, who was the public works director for Riverton before Butterfield.
"Bill Urbigkit deserves a lot of credit for this," Butterfield said. "It definitely predates me."
The project began in 2010 and was completed in 2015. Butterfield said runway 2-A was lowered 12 feet and modified, requiring about 751,000 cubic yards of soil to be moved. Power poles were also adjusted to accommodate incoming aircraft.
The west end of runway 10 was also lowered 12 feet, and the adjoining taxiways were improved.
Butterfield thanked the city's finance team for making sure there was enough money to pay for its portion of the cost.
The majority of the project cost was covered by the FAA, and a smaller portion was paid by the Wyoming Department of Transportation Aeronautics Division.
"We were dealing with a $13 million project, and we were not running out of cash flow and not bankrupting the city at the same time," he said.
Baker agreed that the work at the airport was a topic of discussion for a long time at City Hall - even before Baker became a city council member.
"It took many years, and it took that many people working on that project continuously over a long period of time," he said. "That's quite an effort, and it's a continuous thing."
He pointed out the importance of the city reaching the 10,000 enplanement mark which in turn helps the city obtain up to $1 million in federal funding for future projects.