The Valdosta Daily Times
Celebrating the culmination of years of work, the Adel-Cook County Chamber of Commerce held their Business After Hours at the new Cook County Airport Terminal. The new terminal represents years of work from the Cook County Airport Authority, the Chamber of Commerce, Cook County, the city of Adel, Georgia Department of Transportation, OneGeorgia and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“That’s what it took to make this facility happen,” said Jerry Connell, President and CEO of the ACC Chamber of Commerce. “It took hard work from a whole bunch of people.”
It was back in 2010 that the Airport Authority put together a package detailing the changes they’d like to make to the airport and presented it to the State Director of Aviation and OneGeorgia.
“We sold them on the project,” said Mike Dinnerman, Executive Director for the Cook County Airport Authority. “That’s what planted the seed and got the ball rolling.”
With the project starting, the authority applied for DOT and OneGeorgia grants. Now, with the terminal complete, Phase Two of the project can begin, which involves more paving and more parking at the airport, as well as building more taxi lanes and two fuel farms.
Simultaneously, construction will start on new hangers, thanks to a $1.1 million dollar loan from the USDA. The hangars are set to be finished in six to eight months, while the entire five million dollar project should wrap up in 12 months. At its completion, the airport will have space for 32 hangers, with 22-24 built.
“[The opportunities] are really unlimited,” said John Flythe, City Manager for Adel. “This puts us in the very top echelon. People know that the community that invests in an airport is investing in their future.”
“This is all about the quality of life for the citizens of Cook county,” said Dinnerman. “We want people to know we mean business.”