The new tower is expected to be activated in 2013 and cost more than $24 million to build.
"What we're really launching today is the kind of opportunity that will provide the safety that's necessary at airports like Palm Springs where so many people come year in and year out from all over the world and all over the country," said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.
Construction of the tower is expected to create more than 100 jobs.
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