Governor Bredesen Announces Grants for Lovell Field

Thursday, May 31, 2007 | 07:00pm

Nashville, TN— Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that Aeronautics Grants of $159,131 have been awarded to Lovell Field in Hamilton County.

“Our airports are a vital piece of Tennessee’s transportation network,” said Governor Bredesen. “I can’t stress enough the importance of not only maintaining these facilities, but also making sure they can continue to serve the changing needs of their communities. I’m pleased to support Lovell Field’s continued growth.”

The funds from these grants will be used to make repairs to a cargo ramp; to replace three roof top HVAC units; to purchase three baggage carts, two mechanical baggage loaders and two riding lawn mowers; and to conduct an economic impact analysis. The total estimated cost is $179,602.

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.”

Except for routine expenditures, 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 is responsible for inspecting and licensing the state’s 126 heliports and 75 public/general aviation airports. General aviation includes any aircrafts 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 worked to secure these grant funds for Lovell Field.

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