The award was officially presented to the Cleveland Municipal Airport Authority during a meeting Friday.
Cleveland had been announced as the winner at the annual Tennessee Airports Conference in Murfreesboro.
“I was really surprised,” chairman Lou Patten said. “We were delighted.”
He said a recent aeronautics newsletter put out by the Tennessee Aviation Association featured a Whirlpool jet at the Cleveland Regional jetport on the cover.
“I don’t think we could have done a lot of this without the city staff working with us,” board member Leroy Rymer said.
A framed certificate was also presented.
“Cleveland is the best city in Tennessee and now we have the best airport in the state of Tennessee,” Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland said in a released statement. “This is the culmination of a lot of work that really goes back 20 years when we first started searching for property to build an airport. Now, we just need to keep moving forward.”
The award recipient is decided by a five-member board selected by the governor. Nominations are taken from staff members, and then they are voted on.
“The Aeronautics Commission is the body that distributes the (state) funding to all the airports for projects throughout the year,” Patten said.
The Airport Authority also approved moving forward to bring high speed to the larger hangers. The motion was approved 3 to 1. Individual hanger owners may pay a fee to have the Internet access brought to their hangar.
As the jetport becomes more established, progress on selling Hardwick Field Airport has slowed. The land was supposed to be released for sale on March 14, but has not.
Airport Authority member Verrill Norwood said the Federal Aviation Association office in Atlanta said there was an issue with the appraisal of the property because it had been done in sections instead of as a whole.
“We had it appraised in pieces because back when we had it appraised we didn’t know if we were going to do a sealed bid or an auction, in pieces or as a whole,” Norwood said.
The airport authority has since voted to sell the property through an auction
He said the total of the appraisals was available in the information that had been submitted.
The appraisal information had been submitted in August.
Norwood said he was also in conversation with the auctioneer. He said infrastructure at the site is already in place and has been included in the appraisal.
Norwood said he hopes the land will be released to have the auction in May as planned.