Changes in the Georgia DOT Aviation Program

Colette Williams

On December 1, 2023, Steve Brian, the aviation program manager at the Georgia Department of Transportation (Georgia DOT) for the last nine years stepped down to make way for Colette Williams as the new manager. Ms. Williams has served as the assistant manager of the program for the last nine years. She played a key role in overseeing the Federal Aviation Administration’s State Block Grant and State Airport Aid Programs, administering on average $100 million in airport funding annually. Her former role provided her valuable experience in supervising project managers, monitoring project compliance issues, and providing technical assistance to airport sponsors and local governments.

Colette is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management and holds a graduate degree from Central Missouri State University in Aviation Safety. She is an accredited member of the American Association of Airport Executives and a licensed commercial pilot. Before coming to Georgia DOT, she was in operational positions at the Titusville, Brunswick/St. Simons, and Savannah airports.

In taking on this new role, Colette said, “what an exciting time it is for airports and aviation. We are witnessing incredible growth in commercial and business aviation, along with electrifying development (literally and figuratively) in advanced air mobility within the industry. The sky is no longer the limit!”

Steve Brian will take on a new role as special projects manager for Georgia DOT’s Division of Intermodal on a part-time basis using his 44 years of experience in airports and transportation to assist the agency.