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Authority works to attract industry
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Apr 18, 2013 | 958 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Members of Jones County’s Development Authority listened to a presentation by their attorney last week that could be one of the final pieces of landing a prospect for their industrial park.

Kevin Brown spoke at the April 9 meeting about a variety of incentive possibilities to close the deal with companies interested in locating in Griswoldville Park with a variety of plans, which would reduce taxes or the price of the property and combinations of the two.

He explained that the county’s tax assessors must be on board with any of the plans. Brown also explained programs that need to be in place, such as the county’s ability to have a tax allocation district that has to be approved by the General Assembly and then voters.

“This is the first step, and there is no reason not to do it,” he said, and added that it is easier to accomplish before there is a project.

Brown said retail is an option for other parts of the county, including Gray, because locals have to travel out of Jones County to purchase many items, including clothing and shoes.

The attorney said tourism, hospitality, and recreation can attract people into the community to spend their money. He explained that Jones County is a Tier Four community, which means the higher average income of its residents reduces the opportunity for federal and state grants.

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