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Governor Bredesen Announces Grant for Lovell Field

Sunday, October 29, 2006 | 06:00pm

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 $2.7 million to Lovell Field in Hamilton County to assist with improvements to that facility.

“Lovell Field is an important link in Tennessee’s transportation system,” said Bredesen. “Thousands of travelers touch down at Lovell Field each day. The airport is also located near three states and three major interstates which makes Lovell Field a vital part of the region’s business operations. I’m pleased to support the airport’s continued growth.”

“The funds from this grant will be used to construct the West Airfield Apron, rehabilitate an existing runway, and for staff and security services,” said Representative JoAnne Favors. “I’m pleased to see TDOT and Governor Bredesen supporting continued growth for this vital link to our region.”

“This airport is critical to the economy of this region,” said Senator Ward Crutchfield. “These funds will help the airport draw in more business and provide more options for travelers.”

“Lovell Field is vital to both businesses and travelers in the Chattanooga region and in our border states,” said Representative Tommie Brown. “These grants will allow Lovell Field to continue to grow.”

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 Hamilton County Delegation also represents the Chattanooga area in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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