Bradley County lawmakers announce $225,300 in grants for Cleveland Airport

(NASHVILLE), June 5, 2013  — Bradley County State Senators Todd Gardenhire and Mike Bell, and Representatives Kevin Brooks and Eric Watson, said today they have been informed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) that the Cleveland Airport will receive three separate state grants.  When combined the state grants total $214,035, with local matches bringing the total to $225,300.      

The grants are available through TDOT’s Division of Aeronautics.  The funds will be used for airport layout, environmental monitoring and other infrastructure.

“Airport infrastructure is a very important economic development tool,” said Senator Gardenhire.  “We are very pleased these funds have been approved.”

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. The Board carefully reviews all applications for grants to ensure that the proper state and local matching funds are in place and that the grants will be used for needed improvements.

Only nine airports in the state received funding during this round of grants.

“This airport is very important to Bradley County,” added Senator Bell.  “These funds will help to make needed improvements.”

“Airport improvements are important to pave the way for economic development,” Rep. Brooks continued.  “We congratulate all who helped secure these funds.”

“I am very pleased that these grants will help with improvements and am hopeful that we will continue to see many more grants coming into Bradley County in the future,” Rep. Watson concluded.

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