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Aviation Day Takes Officials to Georgia State Capitol
By DeAllous Smith

Officials at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport are returning to the Georgia State Capitol building on February 5 for the fourth annual Aviation Day at the Capitol.

During the day-long program, sponsored by the City of Atlanta's Department of Aviation, Airport General Manager Ben DeCosta and his staff will interact with state representatives, provide updates about the Airport, and discuss issues affecting major projects. This includes its $53.6 million financial impact to the state as well as construction plans to accommodate future growth.

"Aviation Day at the Capitol is one of the many ways we communicate with our stakeholders," said DeCosta. "We're doing great work at Hartsfield-Jackson, and we're proud to share our stories of success with the members of the state Legislature."

Aviation officials will also discuss an extensive list of 2008 accomplishments, including a $26 million expansion project that added 10 new lanes to the security checkpoint area.

Officials are also expected to mention the facility's retail renaissance, which added new shops such as Z-Market, One Flew South and Atlanta Magazine's HOME store in late 2008. Once the concessions build-out is complete this June, Hartsfield-Jackson's expanded list of upscale shops will include retailers such as Brooks Brothers, Sean John, Harley-Davidson and Lacoste.

"In addition to being a customer-friendly and efficient airport, Hartsfield-Jackson is the state's largest employment center with more than 56,000 employees and a global gateway for more than 8 million international travelers," said DeCosta.

Aviation Day at the Capitol will be held at the Capitol's South Hall building's second floor beginning at 10 a.m. Representatives from the world's busiest airport will include members of senior staff, Atlanta Fire Department, Planning & Development division, Executive Conference Center and Atlanta Police Department.

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