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After the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act was signed into law last week, aid began funneling into local entities, among them the Dodge City Regional Airport and Dodge City Community College.

The CARES Act was designed to provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.

Assistance to Dodge City Airport included funding for continued operations and to DCCC for use of continued education and the agriculture community.

"During this health crisis and time of economic uncertainty, the college is very grateful for the financial and other support from community, state, and federal sources," said DCCC chief financial officer Glendon Forgey. "The college continues to evaluate resources that are needed from all concerns and will be requesting appropriate resources as needed."

Dodge City Regional Airport recently made a switch to SkyWest Airlines for its Essential Air Service, which made its inaugural flight on Feb. 13.

According to city officials, how the CARES Act will used at Dodge City Regional Airport is mostly through the EAS apportionment of the funding.

"This portion of the funding will be utilized to ensure United stays operational with the drastically reduce enplanement numbers that we are seeing at this time," said city officials. "While we fully expect our flights to be reduced, we can still expect to see some type of service level through this tragic time.

"As far as how much funding we might see we are still working with our elected officials, the Department of Transportation and the FAA to determine all of that.

"We are still working with our Legislators, DOT, FAA and United/Skywest."

The CARES Act provides funding for:

• Support of small airports with $100 million for general aviation airports and $56 million for Essential Air Services.

• Support of $31 billion to K-12 schools, colleges, and universities.

• $5 billion for Community Development Block Grants.

• Assistance to community banks to provide loans to those in need by lowering the Community Bank Leverage Ratio, which would enable banks into capital reserves for increased lending.

• $9.5 billion for support of farmers and ranchers impacted by COVID-19, including livestock producers with an additional $14 billion to replenish the Commodity Credit Corporation to address low commodity prices and trade disruptions.

• $100 billion in direct assistance to health care providers.

• An increase in the number of eligible businesses, nonprofits, and lenders that can participate in the SBA’s 7(a) loan program, providing temporary flexibility in the use of the loan, and allow for loan forgiveness measures to keep employees on payroll.

• Allow full transfer between congregate and home-delivered meal funding and an expansion of unemployment insurance eligibility to support more individuals and employees who have been laid off because of COVID-19.

“The CARES Act delivers assistance to individuals, employers and their communities,” said U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall. “We must protect rural America by supporting our small businesses, keeping our hospitals open and supporting those who lose their job, through no fault of their own, during this pandemic.

"This bill is not perfect but it includes the assistance our ranchers, manufacturers and health care providers so desperately need right now.”

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