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Stockton airport gets a boost from San Joaquin Co. Supes, courtesy of COVID funding

Stockton’s airport is receiving a nice chunk of federal COVID-19 stimulus funding for three projects, as approved by the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

The board approved three projects, coming in at more than $200,000 in total, to be funded by the county’s allotment of CARES Act money. 

Over $141,000 will go toward the Airport Road Maintenance Project. The Stockton Metropolitan Airport will use the money for maintenance on S. B St., Earhart Ave. and Pock Ln. 

County documents indicated that county employees often use those roads to go to the Agricultural Center, the American AgCredit Union and the nearby Amazon distribution facility. 

The county expects the project to increase the longevity of the roads, increase their safety and reduce future road maintenance or full-scale replacement costs. 

Over $31,000 is headed to San Joaquin County’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Programs that will be specifically used with the Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Programs. 

The county also authorized more than $34,000 to retroactively cover the approval of a marketing contract with Visit Stockton for the airport. 

When the COVID-19 pandemic started in the spring of 2020, the airport was forced to make cost-cutting moves, which included allowing its contract with Port City Marketing to expire. 

With the stimulus funds, the county’s new contract with Visit Stockton runs from Nov. 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022. 

Visit Stockton – which already runs the city’s marketing operation – will cover social media marketing, website updates, radio marketing, digital streaming, graphic design and video services, among other operations.

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at daniel.gligich@sjvsun.com.