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U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey and U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta told area business leaders today about their efforts to bring 7,200 jobs to the Tobyhanna Army Depot.

Toomey, R-Zionsville, said at a news conference today in Hazleton that the depot would be ideally suited for the Federal Aviation Administration’s plans to modernize the air traffic control system — a project that is also being considered for New York state.

According to reports, the first facility to be built for this endeavor will be a $220 million Integrated Control Facility that would consolidate air traffic control efforts in the Northeastern United States.

The FAA is requiring that the new site be within 150 miles of New York City, but currently, locations outside of New York State are not being considered, Toomey said.

Toomey said Tobyhanna would be “ideally suited” for this purpose, and he and Barletta met with more than 30 area economic development leaders who are putting together a plan to bring people in the region together to help make the strongest possible case” for the Monroe County site.

Barletta, R-Hazleton, said the project would bring about 7,200 jobs to the depot over a 10-year period if the FAA decides to designate the facility for the project.

Toomey said the main reason he and Barletta had the meeting at the CAN DO building was “to get input on what we could be doing in Washington to encourage more job creation, more economic growth, particularly in Northeastern Pennsylvania.” He said the FAA project was the major talking point during the meeting.

Read the complete story in The Times Leader on Saturday.

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