(NASHVILLE, TN), October 23, 2012 — State Senators Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) today announced the Smyrna Airport will receive a $1,871,500 state grant for engineering design and taxiway rehabilitation. The grant, which will be combined with a $98,500 local match, was recommended through the Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics.
“Our airports are essential to pave the way for economic development of our county,” said Senator Ketron. “This grant will assist in improving the airport to better serve those who utilize it.”
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.
“It is important to the traveling public that we continue to improve our airport infrastructure statewide,” said Senator Tracy, who is Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. “It is also important to our economic development efforts as we work to bring new jobs to Tennessee. I am very pleased that the Smyrna airport will receive this sizable grant which should help tremendously with this local project.”