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economic impact of $113.8 million, much of it coming
via its primary tenant, Phoenix Air, which recently
won a 10-year, $500 million contract with the U.S. State
Department for its work on a biocontainment system
for its planes. It is one of the few companies qualied
to transport people with contagious diseases such as
Ebola or COVID-19. As for commercial ights it draws
about 22,000 passengers per year, with top destinations
including Atlanta, Augusta and Brunswick.
The time for innovation is now!
Coastal Terrace Green Energy Park
Brings Jobs and Innovation to Georgia
Why a modern landfill is needed.
TECHNOLOGY The landfill will convert
solid waste to energy that will link
Brantley County to industrial centers
such as ports and manufacturers.
JOBS Up to 100 South Georgians will
be trained and employed.
The Park will have
a safe, regulated system that will recycle a
significant portion of the incoming waste.
SAFETY & EFFICIENCY
What it’s not.
No coal ash will be accepted.
The Satilla River is more than two
miles away and will not be impacted.
Rural communities will get a
needed boost from new economic activity.
Brantley County will collect
at least $750,000 annually in host fees.
STORM DEBRIS RELIEF The coastal
disaster plan flagged the urgent need for
a place to deposit debris caused by
hurricanes and severe weather— and
identified the site as ideal.
Why Georgians should care.
No solid waste planning and no modern
landfills mean no growth, no economic
activity, and few new jobs. And, no place to
put storm debris when the next disaster hits.
Traffic and noise planning will
minimize inconvenience to people
who live or drive through the area.
An anti-growth lobby that includes some local
elected officials aims to prevent the Coastal
Terrace Green Energy Park from being built
on private land that was purchased with
private dollars at the request of the Brantley
After years of study, Georgia
Environmental Protection Division (EPD)
determined the site to be suitable for
a waste handling facility.
If the anti-growth lobby and professional
activists determine future economic
development policies for our state, say
goodbye to a prosperous future.
The landfill will not be highly visible
from nearby public roads.
Support this project for jobs, innovation & growth
Cobb County The state budget has allocated $2.25 million
Augusta A federal judge issued a ruling barring the
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from removing the New
Savannah River Bluff Lock and Dam and park. (The
Corps had already been taking bids to demolish it.)
The Corps is now “required to adopt a new plan which
complies with legal requirements to protect our river for
both the sh and for the people,” the judge ruled. Augusta joined South Carolina’s lawsuit to stop the Corps from
removing the lock and dam— which would have resulted in drastically dropping the Savannah River pool in
the city’s downtown by three to four feet. Augusta (and
neighboring North Augusta across the river) dodged a
bullet that would have resulted in muddy riverbanks and
docks and boats high and dry.
Camden County The U.S. Navy thinks long term. That’s
why Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Camden
County near St. Marys is prepping for the arrival of the
rst Columbia-class submarine in 2028. Over $1 billion
in renovations will go towards retrotting the facility for
the new class of submarine. The goal is to service the
subs all the way until 2084 when they go out of service.
The facility is also partnering with Coastal Pines Technical College to take on 40-50 apprentices per year to
train for a variety of skilled jobs on the base. Periphery
companies like Lockheed Martin, which builds the ballistic missiles that go on the subs, are also hiring. Kings Bay
is indeed setting up to be invested in Camden County for
the long haul.
Cartersville The Georgia Department of Transportation
released a 2020 Georgia Statewide Airport Economic
Impact Study which quanties the economic impact of
each of the state’s publicly-owned, public-use airports.
It contains eye-popping numbers: Georgia airports
support nearly 600,000 total jobs and total economic
activity checks in at nearly $74 billion annually. Atlanta’s airport is naturally the biggest name, but others
like Bartow County’s Cartersville Airport make a major impact locally. That airport has an estimated annual
to create Veterans Education Career Transition Resources (VECTR), a center that will be a gateway for veterans and their families transitioning to civilian life and
will provide local businesses highly skilled talent that we
have not had access to before. The center, located on the
Marietta campus of Chattahoochee Technical College,
was promoted by a collaboration between the Cobb
Chamber and Reps. Bert Reeves and John Carson, as
well as Sens. Doc Rhett and Kay Kirkpatrick. All played
a pivotal role in getting this center into the budget and
Dalton When it comes to benchmarks that serve as
predictors for future academic success, early literacy
is at the top of the list. So kudos to both Dalton Public Schools and Whiteld County Schools for being
recognized as Pacesetters in Grade-Level Prociency
as well as receiving Bright Spot designation, the only
two districts in the state to receive the honor. The school
systems have worked together as well as with other partners in the community such as Dalton State College and
the Dalton-Whiteld County Public Library on a variety
of projects with the joint goal of helping children learn
to read prociently. It takes a village to raise a child, and
Dalton’s emphasis on improving childhood literacy rates
will pay dividends now and for generations to come.
Peachtree Corners This city in Gwinnett County bills
itself as the nation’s rst “smart city,” and it has the
receipts to prove it. In partnership with The Ray, a
non-prot working to develop solar-powered roadways
of the future, the city introduced a new solar roadway
system which produces energy for a solar-powered
electric vehicle charging station located at city hall. The
cutting-edge road surface-powered solar panels provide
renewable energy that will serve as a template for future
projects; the city hopes to one day power more infrastructure via similar off the grid methods.
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