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August 16, 2005

Albany-- More than one and half million dollars worth of improvements are about to begin at the Albany airport.

Tuesday, city commissioners approved the use of a $1.68 million federal grant to make improvements to the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.

The airport is widening and strengthening a runway so larger and more planes can land, improving the cargo apron, and building a new fire-aircraft rescue building.

"We have a fire station at the airport. It's old and has served its life expectancy. It's falling apart and when need to build a new one, so we can build that," said Robert Mohl with the SWGA Regional Airport.

Commissioners also voted to give the airport just over $1 million in sales tax money to build a new air cargo complex. UPS is the first tenant, but airport officials hope a larger facility will draw more business.

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