- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Efforts to improve a regional airport in northwest Indiana are being given a significant boost by the federal government.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky has announced that the Federal Aviation Administration will give a $1.4 million grant to the Porter County Regional Airport. The money will help the rebuild the primary east-west runway at the airport located in Valparaiso.

Officials say the airport helps generate $17 million in annual economic activity.

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