“North East Georgia Regional Airport” is no more – at least in name. The Barrow County Airport Authority Tuesday night shucked the “regional” moniker in favor of the new name, “Barrow County Airport.” The name change comes four years after the previous authority changed the name from the original “Winder-Barrow Airport” in an attempt to attract more corporate and business users.
But the panel’s new chairman, Frank Nocera, said local residents opposed to the rapid expansion of the airport want the name to reflect the totally local nature of its service.
He said the action would be a good gesture to reassure local residents that the authority is “trying to move away from this forced growth we thought we might have in the past.”
Robert Cartmill, who served on the previous authority, pointed out that under the state charter, the airport is called “Winder-Barrow Airport.”
But Nocera said the Winder portion of the name was relinquished under an intergovernmental agreement when the city turned over the airport to the airport authority.
For more on this story, see the May 20 issue of the Barrow Journal.
C. M. Thornton, III
05/21/09 at 03:30 PM
Way to bow to a very vocal small minority. Nothing like taking a step back in time. Expanding the airport to attract taxable business was a good idea. Anything to do with aircraft is expensive. Barrow County surely could have used the income...
Unfortunately the airport expansion is a minor part in attracting business. Have you looked at our school system's performance? Many times major employers transfer families or have to recruit for specific jobs. Our school system is not even in the top 100 in the state of Georgia. BTW - last time I looked the state of Georgia ranked 48 out of 50....so we are working off a weak base.