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Economic Development on a Budget
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Aug 29, 2013 | 1537 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The question of how to market Griswoldville Park, Jones County’s first industrial park, on a shoestring budget was the focus of this month’s meeting.

As commissioners grapple with how to balance the county’s budget with decreasing tax revenues, departments funded by the county are dealing with how to move forward with less.

Development Authority members struggled at their Aug. 13 meeting with the news that their requested budget had been cut back to last year’s level. The big problem with that news was that reserve funds had to be used by the Authority last year.

The Development Authority requested $113,000 from the county and was approved for $85,000. Executive Director Kathyjo Gordon said, in order for the Authority to operate under the proposed budget for 2014, it will have to again use reserve funds in the amount of $27,400.

The alternative budget without using reserves took out almost all of the advertising and marketing expenses for Griswoldville Park.

Gordon stated that she was excited about the authority’s accomplishments this year. She said a lot is going on in the county, and the investment in the Middle Georgia Economic Alliance is getting state recognition.

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