04 Jan 2019

Shared Success: The Utility’s Role in Economic Development

Businesses want to keep energy costs down and utilities want to see load grow. That’s the bottom line in economic development. But that’s not all there is to it. Communities and businesses have varying goals that require a careful match to find the right fit.

To help grow and improve their communities, public power utilities are playing a bigger role in economic development programs, and site selectors are welcoming their input.

Why Utilities Should be Involved

“All economic development is local, and it all relies on a site or building. And every site or building is going to be served with utilities,” said site selector and economic development consultant Janet Ady. “Utilities are one of the key stakeholders in the economic development team.”

Ady noted that utilities play a big role in not only assessing the physical readiness of a site, but also in making sure that all the stakeholders at the table are aware of the process, aligned with the same goals, and coordinating. Read More

 

Source: Susan Partain, from Public Power.
Article: https://www.publicpower.org/periodical/article/shared-success-utilitys-role-economic-development

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20 Nov 2018

A City Inspired – LaGrange, Georgia

Learn why LaGrange, GA is home to a diverse economic base including well-known ‘Fortune 500’ companies and 24 international businesses.  The diversity of experience, culture, talent and progress is a major draw to investment in LaGrange and Troup County.
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05 Oct 2018

The Georgia Beer Bill: One Year Later

It’s been nearly a year and a half since Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 85, otherwise known as the “booze bill,” into law. The legislation allows breweries and distilleries to sell their products directly to consumers who patronize their locations. Now that the law has been in effect for a year, it’s time to examine how the craft beer direct sales economy boost is going.
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21 Sep 2018

Georgia Named Top State in the Nation for Business

For the fifth consecutive year, Georgia has been named the top state in the nation for business according to the publication Area Development. Governor Nathan Deal joined representatives from Area Development this September at the State of the Ports Address in Savannah to make the announcement. During a statement to the press, the governor said this “coveted distinction reflects the strength and resilience of our pro-business environment.” He credited a low tax structure, global gateways, and pro technology environment to success. In addition, the governor reaffirmed the state’s commitment to workforce and transportation infrastructure.
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