A private investment firm from New York has been in contact with Barrow County leaders about the possibility of buying the Northeast Georgia Regional Airport and making into a regional facility for “light” passenger aircraft. No offer has been made and the discussions are in the very early stages, said those close to the situation.
Plans by the county to expand the airport runway led to a firestorm of controversy late last year and throughout 2008. The issue was a major debate in county elections last summer, elections that saw a number of incumbents voted out of office.
The latest twist in the ongoing airport saga came Tuesday night when outgoing board of commissioners chairman Doug Garrison alluded to the possibility of the county privatizing the airport by selling it. Garrison’s remarks came during his farewell comments to the board and were not part of the meeting’s officials business.
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