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An airport in rural Georgia will receive a facelift soon with financial aid from the federal government.

The Baxley Municipal Airport, located in Baxley, Georgia, will be awarded $1.9 million from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The funds will be used to remodel Baxley Municipal's runway and taxiway.

“I know that this project and others around our district are ways to both entice investors and support current business through transportation improvements," said Sen. Blake Tillery, who represents the area. "I’m grateful to Gov. [Brian] Kemp, Rep. Greg Morris and Steven Meeks, and our colleagues in the legislature who helped us get this for Appling County.” 

Baxley is a rural community built on the railroad industry. The airport offers fuel services and lodging to pilots. 

Tillery said the money will help the facility improve its esthetics and drive more traffic to the aviation stop.

The FAA awarded the grant to the Georgia Department of Transportation's  Georgia Airport Aid Program. 

The program issues assistance for planning, capital improvements and maintenance for public airports in the state.

The funds were approved by the Georgia General Assembly for the 2020 fiscal year.

“Ensuring our airport’s infrastructure is up to code and able to support various types of aircraft are vital components to investments made in rural Georgia,” Tillery. said.

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Nyamekye Daniel has been a journalist for three years. She was the managing editor for the South Florida Media Network and a staff writer for The Miami Times. Daniel's work has also appeared in the Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald and The New York Times.