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Governor Bredesen Announces Grant for Memphis International Airport

Sunday, October 01, 2006 | 07:00pm

Grant awarded through TDOT’s Aeronautics DivisionNashville, TN—Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that the state will provide an Aeronautics Grant in the amount of $4,830,943 to the Memphis International Airport to assist with improvements to that facility.

“Memphis International Airport is an important resource for the citizens of Memphis and of Tennessee,” said Bredesen. “Thousands of travelers are welcomed to our state at the airport each day. This facility also serves the many businesses operating in Tennessee. I’m pleased we can make this investment in Shelby County.”

“The funds from this grant will be used for improvements to runways and taxiways as well as the completion of a terminal access road,” said Senator James Kyle “I’m thankful the state selected this project for an aeronautics grant.”

“This grant will make a significance difference in the airport’s ability to stay competitive and to attract new customers,” said Speaker Pro-Temp Lois DeBerry

Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely explained that the grants are made available through the department’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 Nicely. “We are pleased to be able to provide millions of dollars each year for the betterment of our airports through our grant programs.”

Grant applications are reviewed by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC), which is a five member board charged with policy planning and with regulating changes in the state airport system plan.

“These grants can have a significant impact on the future of a general aviation airport and its economic contributions to our state,” said TAC Chairman Lonnie Strunk. “Our board examines the applications carefully to ensure that the funds will be put to good use.”

The TDOT Aeronautics Division also has the responsibility of inspecting and licensing the state’s 126 heliports and 75 public/general aviation airports. General aviation includes all aircraft not flown by commercial airlines or the military. The Aeronautics Division also provides aircraft and related services for state government executives, staffing for the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission, and numerous educational support programs. The division’s offices include Administration, Finance & Grant Management, Engineering & Program Development, Flight Services, and Planning & Programming.

The Shelby County Legislative Delegation also represents the Memphis area in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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