Vice Chair Emma I. Darnell and the Fulton County Board of Commissioners held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center on June 27 before a large crowd of some 200 members of the community.

A 16,200 square-foot facility scheduled to open in May 2014; the Center has been designed as a community gathering place focusing on the history of North American Aviation, training for aviation careers, visual and performing arts.

“It has been a long process; however, the potential benefit to surrounding neighborhoods and the larger Fulton County community is exciting,” said Vice Chair Darnell.

Initiated by a community advisory group in 1999, the Project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“the Stimulus Fund”) and approved by the Board of Commissioners in 2010.

Present at the event were representatives from the Atlanta Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, current and retired pilots from the military and various airlines, members of the arts and education communities and a host of Fulton County residents from the surrounding area.

(Photo: From left to right in the photo: David Ware, Fulton Interim County Manager; Melody Harclerode, Architect- Harclerode Architects; Paul Monardo, Architect- Pond & Company Architect; Wilford Ray, Program Manager- Matrix/3D; David Ricks, Fulton Director Facilities & Transportation Services; Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards; Commissioner Emma I. Darnell; Dr. Ruth Hilson Pace, Fulton County Arts Council Member District 5; Commissioner Rob Pitts; Lisa Tuttle, Interim Director of Fulton County Arts & Culture; Paul Singh, President- SoCo Contracting; and Doug Barrett, Fulton County Airport Manager)

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