The Paulding County Northwest Atlanta Airport Authority spent a fair chunk of its Nov. 21 meeting time recapping Salute America 2012, the site’s first airshow, which was held last month.
Brent Sparks, who will serve as director of next year’s show, said that in terms of goals for the show—which included safety, promotion of the airport site, presentation and event logistics—the show was a success, even though from a fiscal standpoint, it did not actually manage to break even.
“The show was world-class and people can’t just pull that out of their hat,” Sparks told members of the airport board.
Organizers were prepared for a turnout of anywhere from 6,000 up to 12,000, but estimates were closer to approximately 4,500.
Sparks said that getting the word out was something that had fallen short on the first show and that organizers will focus much more on promoting and communicating the 2013 show.
He told the board that no one wants to put on an airshow that loses money every year, and his goal as director from the beginning would be “to keep the show in the black and never see red ink again.” Most of the profit is earmarked for charity, and Sparks said that that would serve as the cornerstone.
Sparks said that sufficient funding for 65 percent of the show cost by March would be the threshold to then decide whether or not to go ahead or to pull the plug on the show.
He said that the next show would benefit from the visuals the first show generated as “an established tool,” which was unavailable the first time, and can now be used more aggressively by planners and organizers to pursue sponsorships.
Sparks said organizers would be looking to expand the roster of both sponsors and performers for next year’s show.
And Airport Authority board member and airshow organizer David Carmichael told other board members that the time to start planning the next show is now, if the board were to decide to give its formal endorsement to planned a 2013 show.
Board members then voted unanimously to move ahead with plans for next year’s show and gave their collective nod to Sparks. Tentative dates for the 2013 show are Oct. 5 and 6.
The Industrial Building Authority Board also met Wednesday following the completion of the airport authority meeting.
IBA Director Blake Swafford said that through January, there are six projects pursuing the possibility of using the Hiram film facility, and that by next month at least one of those may be confirmed.
Both the 120.4 acres at W. Memorial Drive dubbed the Dallas Industrial Park and the Paulding Commerce Park are moving forward, Swafford said. The design process is completed on the Paulding Park and the 110-acre property on Bill Carruth Parkway has concluded what Swafford characterized as “the longest closing process I’ve ever been involved with, but it’s done,” he said.
In industry terms, the project, which is seen as a “Class A” development, will serve as the Paulding location for Interroll, and is intended to break ground next week, Swafford said.
IBA board members voted to award Croy Construction the contract for plateau excavation at the site.
Swafford reported that the project to install a water tank serving the airport is basically completed.
And IBA officials will notify Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials that damaged steel material being held on the airport site will be removed and sold as scrap metal after a long storage period. The material was damaged in the collapse of the commercial hangar in February that led to one death and one injury.
Swafford said OSHA officials had not made any inquires regarding the material over the last seven months, and that airport officials had only originally agreed to hold the material for up to six months. The Board then decided to formally notify OSHA of its decision to remove the material from the airport site.