Wed, Sep 12, 2007
Upgrades Will Help Corporate Aviation Potential
Georgia senators Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss announced
Monday Cobb County will receive $2.9 million in grant money for
runway improvements at McCollum Field.
"This is outstanding news for Cobb County," Isakson said,
reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It is very gratifying to
have this level of federal support for our state and for a facility
as important as McCollum Field."
Local pols were very glad to hear the news. Cobb County
Commission Chairman Sam Olens said RYY "has made significant
improvements the past five years" and the grant "will greatly
assist the county with economic development opportunities."
Kennesaw Mayor Leonard Church agreed, the airport "has always
been a good neighbor for our city" and "we'll be able to boost
economic development even more. Anything good for the airport is
good for the city, and it'll give people a way to fly in their
corporate jets instead of into the Atlanta airport and having to
"It's good for our economy, and it'll bring in more
corporations, and make it easier for those that are already here,"
Church said. "We have a lot of corporations now -- large ones --
and this will help us bring in more. This upgrade is very good news
for us, Kennesaw and all of Cobb County."
The US Department of Transportation will distribute the funds,
which will also be used for taxiway rehabilitation, according to
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