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Paulding chairman urges Delta CEO to resign Chamber post because of stand on county airport plan
by Tom Spigolon
November 19, 2013 03:57 PM | 1924 views | 1 1 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Paulding County Commission Chairman David Austin is urging Delta Airlines CEO Richard Anderson to resign his post as chairman-elect of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce after accusing Anderson’s company of helping to delay or stop development of Silver Comet Field.

The chairman, in a letter dated Nov. 15, told Anderson that “it appears that Delta has orchestrated a campaign utilizing expensive attorneys to find environmental or procedural reasons to delay or stop this important project,” which could lead to commercial airline traffic and recruitment of aerospace industries to the airport.

“How does the incoming [Metro Atlanta Chamber] chairman oppose economic development in metro Atlanta? On face value, one could assume that you are in favor of economic development, job growth and prosperity — as long as it doesn’t appear as a threat to your company,” Austin wrote.

He also wrote that Hartsfield-Jackson Airport general manager Louis Miller stated publicly that any future commercial traffic at Paulding would have “minimal impact” on the Atlanta airport.

“A couple of flights a week to other similarly sized airports across the country does not make our facility Atlanta’s ‘second airport.’

He noted some Paulding residents had accused county officials of conspiring with developer Propeller Investments "in secrecy to ram this project through the approval process."

In fact, it appears the real secrecy might lay with Delta and its efforts and connections to try and stop this project."

“Having a [Metro Atlanta Chamber] chairman who some could label anti-economic development and/or anti-competition would not be in the best interest for those in the metro Atlanta chamber of commerce industry,” Austin concluded.

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