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Gov. Deal announces state will invest $25M in regional airports

Governor Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that the state will be investing more than $25 million into several of Georgia's regional airports. / Mary Green

Governor Nathan Deal announced Wednesday that the state will be investing more than $25 million into several of Georgia's regional airports.

The announcement came in his "Eggs and Issues" speech. Deal said they money will go to 11 airports, with nine of those in rural communities, including Colquitt and Cook counties.

Alan Mathis, president and owner of Eagles of America, which owns the operations at the Moultrie-Colquitt County Airport, said they plan to use that money to extend their runway.

The current runway is 5,129 feet, but they want to lengthen it to 6,000 feet.

Mathis is this upgrade will enhance plane safety on takeoff and landing and allow larger jets to land in Moultrie, whereas they might've had to land at another airport because of the runway length.

He added that an airport like the one in Moultrie helps attrack and support businesses in town, like Sanderson Farms, and brings in more visitors during quail season, which he said is also their busiest time at the airport.

"It's just a very important, not very well known part of the economy of small towns, and I'm glad that the governor acknowledges that and realizes that and is able to put money towards that," Mathis said.

Mathis said they don't know at this time how much of the funding Colquitt County will receive for this project or when they'll begin work.

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