PlanFirst Success Story: City of Swainsboro

DCA’s PlanFirst program recognizes and rewards Georgia communities that clearly demonstrate an established pattern of successfully implementing their Local Comprehensive Plan. Our PlanFirst “Success Story” series highlights these cities and counties by sharing their incredible achievements. You can view all of the communities on our Story Map.

Upgrades to the East Georgia Regional Airport were identified as opportunities for improving local Economic Development and community facilities in the Emanuel County Joint Comprehensive Plan.

The City of Swainsboro and Emanuel County Commissioners, who share ownership of the airport, along with the Airport Authority, FAA, and Georgia DOT Aviation, have invested approximately $26 million in the following improvements to the East Georgia Regional Airport since its inclusion in the  Joint Comprehensive Plan:

  • A new 12,000-square-foot community hangar
  • 250,000 square feet of paved apron with tiedowns and helipads
  • Runway improvements
  • State-of-the-art ILS with 8 approaches and 2 GPS approaches
  • 6,000-square-foot maintenance hangar with offices and pilot’s quarters
  • 3,000-square-foot terminal with a pilot’s lounge, flight planning, and conference room
  • Full security fencing

The airport is also home to one of the FAA’s ADS-B sites covering the east central portion of Georgia from Augusta to Savannah, the Savannah River and just west of the airfield. The airport is home to 18 fixed based aircraft, a Part 135 operation, and several agricultural operators using it as an annual temporary base for agricultural applications/operations. There are approximately 10,000 missions/operational cycles per year including overnight freight for the local UPS terminal.