Grant & Loan Awards: Tattnall County
AIRGeorgia grant funds to assist with improvements to Swinton Smith Field at Reidsville Municipal Airport that includes an extension of the 3,802 ft runway to 5,000 ft, a taxiway addition and installation of aviation lighting. The Airport is located in Tattnall County in southeast Georgia. Situated on 297.83 acres, this Level I airport is owned by the Reidsville Airport Authority and is operated by the City of Reidsville. The request for AIRGeorgia assistance equals 36% of the $1,820,884 total project cost. Project partners include the City, Airport Authority, Federal Aviation Administration, Georgia Department of Transportation’s Aviation Division, and the engineering firm of Wilbur Smith Associates. Benefits of the airport improvements will include improved safety as well as increased economic activity. In addition, the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) has two helicopters that are permanently stationed at the airport. Plans are underway to add a new hangar and to add a fixed-wing aircraft to the fleet of the GSP aircraft.
Equity funds to assist in the construction of a 6,515 SF Technology Center adjacent to Southeastern Technical College in Glennville. The satellite campus of STC is located in the old Glennville Middle School Building dating from the 1920's. The age and construction of the old school do not make it practical to expand or renovate to accommodate a technology center. However, by partnering with the Technical College, the workforce development center will provide trained high-tech faculty, administrative support, computer equipment and software in support of technology training, adult literacy classes and distance learning capabilities. The technology center is urgently needed in a county where 43% of the population has less than a high school education, and as such, has little high-tech training.
Equity funds for sewer and drainage improvements to support existing local hospital and surrounding medical facilities; provide capacity for proposed new medical and commercial development.