Floyd County’s Richard B. Russell Regional Airport Gets Runway Grant
Monday, May 12, 2008
Rome, Ga - U.S. Representative Phil Gingrey presented a check for $136,240.00 to Vice Chairman of the Floyd County Commission Mr. Eddie Lumsden; Richard B. Russell Regional Airport Manager Mr. Mike Matthews; Chairman of the Airport Commission Mr. Howie Lowden; Coosa Valley Technical College President Dr. Craig McDaniel; Chamber Chairman of the Board Mr. Randy Quick; and City Commissioner Ms. Evie McNiece, for runway enhancements at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport.
The grants from the Federal Aviation Administration will be used to enhance taxiway centerline markings to alert pilots that they are approaching a runway holding position. This project will also allow for the replacement of the airport electrical vault to make certain the airfield lighting requirements continue operational.
“It is always great to be in Rome and Floyd County. The airport is a critical asset to the people and economy of Floyd County. As globalization continues to change the landscape of business, Richard B. Russell Regional Airport will continue to play an ever-growing role in a stronger, more economically vibrant Floyd County,” said Representative Gingrey. “I salute the excellent job done by Mike Mathews and the Airport staff, Floyd County Commission and staff, as well as the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce, in advocating for improvements and investment in the Airport. I will continue to ask and to continue to reform the process. I am proud that we were able to bring home this Member Initiative”
These improvements to the Richard B. Russell Regional Airport and Towers Field are a strategic part of the implementation of the Rome-Floyd 20/20 Part II. “The infrastructure development of the Airport and adjacent properties zoned for aviation-related purposes to support the growth in aircraft maintenance, repair and non-scheduled aircraft operations are noted as goals to be accomplished in Part II of the Rome-Floyd 20/20 Plan,” stated Chamber Chairman of the Board, Mr. Randy Quick, Q102, South107, WRGA, WGJK.
“Implementation of the plan is already in place now that Coosa Valley Technical College is creating courses in Avionics and Aviation Maintenance Technology.”
Addressing Dr. Gingrey, Mr. Mike Mathews stated, “Without your help for the airport, the burden would be solely on Floyd County. The enhancements to the airport will enable our pilots to taxi on and off the runways more efficiently and go to replacing electrical vaults. Representative Gingrey we cannot thank you enough for all of your hard work on this project.”
The grants will provide the support to continue the implementation of the Rome-Floyd 20/20 Part II and insure that Richard B. Russell Regional Airport is developed to its full potential creating more jobs for our thriving workforce. The airport plays a crucial part in the commerce of the regional, divisional, and corporate headquarters located in Rome and Floyd County.
Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization established in 1910 working to promote prosperity in Rome and Floyd County for and through its business membership.