Despite the downturn in the economy, Bryan County has the potential for plenty of economic growth, according to Bryan County Development Authority Director Josh Fenn.
Armed with statistics and projections, Fenn explained why Bryan County is ripe for economic growth to the Richmond Hill Rotary Club last week.
"Indicators tell us that Bryan County is doing better than most, if not ahead of the curve over the rest of the state," Fenn said.
Fenn said ultimately it is the goal of the BCDV to "lessen the burden on property tax holders" by bringing industry to the area.
What exactly is the Bryan County Development Authority and what do they do?
The BCDV is an arm of the county government which includes a nine-member board, serving four-year terms, appointed by the Bryan County Commission. They are charged with focusing on the following areas: industrial, retail, commercial and established industry retention and expansion.
The biggest success story with the Authority over the last few years is the industrial park in Black Creek – officially known as Interstate Centre – which has made a sizable economic impact. The Authority is hoping to replicate that success with a forthcoming industrial park in Richmond Hill.
What impact has the Interstate Centre had on Bryan County?
Thus far, it has brought seven industries to Bryan County, which entails 500 new jobs and over $110,000,000 in new investment. And, with 820 open acres in the park, there is much room for growth.
-Read more in Wednesday's Bryan County News.