Leaders in Greenville hope improvements at the airport will provide an economic boost. They say the $10 million already spent at the airport over the past few years has paid dividends.
"Your airport puts you on the map in more ways than one," said Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon. "For instance, Robert Trent Jones Golf Course, they fly in here to play golf and fly back out."
"This is such an asset to us, we're able to bring in people from the outside to come in and look at our community," said Francine Wasden, Executive Director of the Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce.
The money from the federal, state and local governments has paid for an extended runway, landscape improvements and an updated terminal. Leaders are putting the finishing touches on a 10-year improvement plan to continue the momentum.
"The next step is to do more hopefully with hangars and things like that and just continue to each year to do a little something," McLendon said.
McLendon hopes the airport improvements will make the area even more desirable for potential Airbus suppliers, as that plant gets going in Mobile.
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