Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen announced the $26,100 federal grant Wednesday in Nashville.
“Local airports are vital to the economy and travel system of Tennessee,” Bredesen said. “Investing in our airports helps them stay competitive and efficient at meeting the needs of businesses and travelers. I’m pleased to support this investment in the Cleveland Municipal Airport.”
The grant was made available through the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division.
“This division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee’s diverse public aviation system,” reported TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “We are pleased to continue to support Tennessee’s general aviation and commercial airports.”
Except for routine expenditures, grant applications are reviewed by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission, which is a five member board charged with policy planning and with regulating changes in the state airport system plan.
TAC Commissioner Ronald Cooper said the grants can have a significant impact on the future of a general aviation airport and its economic contributions in state.
“Our board carefully reviews all applications for grant funds to ensure that the proper state and local matching funds are in place and that the grants will be put to good use,” he said.
TDOT Aeronautics Division has the responsibility of inspecting and licensing the state’s 126 heliports and 75 public general aviation airports. The Division also provides aircraft and related services for state government.
The announcement came less than a week after state regulators ruled construction of the municipal airport would not impact local water quality.
State Reps. Kevin Brooks and Eric Watson, and state Sen. Dewayne Bunch represent Bradley County and helped secure these funds for Cleveland Municipal Airport.