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Senators Tracy and Ketron Announce Aeronautics Grant for Lewisburg Airport

(NASHVILLE, TN), October 23, 2012  -- State Senators Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) and Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) today announced the Lewisburg Ellington Airport will receive a $700,000 grant for the design and construction of 10 T-hangars.  The grant, which is funded with $630,000 federal, $35,000 state and $35,000 local, was recommended through the Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics. 

“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 Lewisburg airport will receive this grant and know that it will help tremendously with this local project.” 

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. 

“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.”