Governor Bredesen Announces Grant for Nashville International Airport

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 $928,980 to Nashville International Airport to assist with improvements to the facility.

“Nashville International Airport is an important transportation hub for Tennessee,” said Bredesen. “Travelers from around the world touch down at Nashville International each day. Located near three major interstates, this airport is an important part of the state’s economic system. I’m pleased to support the airport’s continued growth.”

The funds from this grant will be used to reconstruct a taxiway and relocate an electrical vault.

“This airport is vital to both business and travel in Tennessee,” said Senator Thelma Harper. “I’m pleased to see TDOT and Governor Bredesen supporting continued growth for Nashville International Airport.”

“The funds issued by TDOT and Governor Bredesen for Nashville International Airport will help keep the facility in top shape,” said Representative Janis Sontany. “I’m pleased the state could make this investment in the continued growth of the airport.”

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 Davidson County Delegation also represents the Nashville area in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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