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by Debbie Lurie-Smith
May 15, 2014 | 1199 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Business owners Allen Nippert  (center left) of NFI Installation and Robb and Mary Murray (center) speak to Jones County Development Authority members April 15.
Business owners Allen Nippert (center left) of NFI Installation and Robb and Mary Murray (center) speak to Jones County Development Authority members April 15.
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The April meeting of the Development Authority of Jones County included representatives of two local businesses and some eye-opening results.

The April 15 meeting began with a report about a recent meeting with the Board of Commissioners. Development Authority Executive Director Kathyjo Gordon said a majority of the discussion at the April 1 work session was in regard to retail. She said Authority members have been looking beyond the industrial park to retail prospects, and Jim O’Bryan with Georgia EMC came to the work session and made a retail presentation to the commissioners.

Gordon said she also talked about ways for the Authority to work with commissioners on projects such as the fire station and she thanked the board for including sewer for the industrial park as one of their Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax projects.

Authority member T.J. Health commented that the numbers in the retail presentation endorsed what the county has been missing in retail and showed the potential for retail development is real.

“That encouraged me that we are heading in the right direction,” he said.

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