One of the people instrumental in the City of Cleveland getting a new general aviation airport (Jetport) in 2012 was honored Friday as the namesake of a portion of a well-traveled community roadway.A …
One of the people instrumental in the City of Cleveland getting a new general aviation airport (Jetport) in 2012 was honored Friday as the namesake of a portion of a well-traveled community roadway.
A spur of Tasso Road extending to the west of Dry Valley Road, along the north end of the Cleveland Jetport's extended runway, was officially dedicated as the Lynn DeVault Parkway Friday morning.
Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland, who nominated DeVault for this special honor, made the presentation. The mayor's motion was unanimously approved by members of the Cleveland City Council.
Between 30 and 40 people turned out for the dedication ceremony, including city staff member, Council members, DeVault's employer Allan Jones and members of the Jones management staff, Jetport officials, and even some current election candidates.
DeVault was presented roses, and once she climbed a ladder to unveil the new road signs, she received a Lynn DeVault Parkway sign all her own.
Rowland said when he first began to urge the city to look at getting a new general aviation airport, 25 years ago, he felt he was all alone in that pursuit.
"It was a very unpopular idea," he continued.
The mayor added a number of influential people from the community joined his campaign, including DeVault and the late Jim Sharpe, and that goal eventually became a reality. "The Jetport is now one of our greatest assets," he emphasized.
Rowland also praised the role Jetport Director Mark Fidler and Contour Aviation has played in the continued success of the aviation facility.
"Lynn's leadership was a key part of this overall accomplishment," Rowland said, adding the community is now getting international flights to the new Jetport. He said the community's commercial and industrial growth would probably not have been as great, without the new airport facility.
"I really appreciate this honor," said DeVault. "But, it was not just me. We all worked long and hard (to get this new airport). Everyone worked together. " She also pointed out the new Jetport has created a number of jobs.
Among the things she is most proud of is the fact the Cleveland Jetport has been widely recognized through the South, and it was selected as Tennessee's Airport of the Year a few years back.
DeVault was first appointed to the Cleveland Airport Authority in 2004. She has served as the panel's chairman three times, and is the current chair.
Other members of the Airport Authority include Lou Patten, Verrill Norwood, Robbie Garrison and Steve Wright.
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