City-County Lobby for Project

By: Stan Torgerson
By: Stan Torgerson

A delegation of county and city officials will travel to Atlanta Tuesday seeking a $1.8 million grant from the Economic Development Authority that will help bring the county's new industrial park to life.

Board of supervisors' president Craig Hitt and city council president Mary Perry will be in the group.

"Understand this is just another phase in the process," said Hitt. "We've been invited to come over and meet with the officials there in Atlanta."

Hitt said if they are successful the industrial park might be open sooner than many people think.

"We have been told that we could have an answer in the first part of September so that we would hope within the next three to four weeks we'd certainly have an answer, a positive response from EDA and be putting the process to work in putting down water and sewer lines to the industrial park," said Hitt.

Contrary to a belief held by some that the issue has divided the city and county, both Perry and Hitt maintained this is an example of the city and county working together.

"Yes, I think it's a good example when you can take your officials," said Perry. "EDA has already approved a pre-op that was sent in and invited the group to come over and meet for a hearing. That's good when the county and city get together."

"Certainly it doesn't hurt for us to be together and pursue this as one as we have been all along and this is a great opportunity for us to express that oneness as we go over and share in the meeting together," Hitt added.

The city has committed to a matching $1.8 million for the project.

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