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GeorgiaTrend highlights county's growing economy
Bryan County Commission Chairman Jimmy Burnsed takes a look at an article in GeorgiaTrend magazines January 2013 issue touting the economic state of Bryan County. - photo by Crissie Elric

Local readers of GeorgiaTrend magazine, a publication that focuses on business, politics and economics across the state, will see some familiar names in the January 2013 issue.

That’s because the magazine features an article about the economic state of Bryan County, something Bryan County Commission Chairman Jimmy Burnsed says is a good thing.

“Coming out of this crazy economic downturn, it’s good to be able to have some good news to portray about Bryan County and Richmond Hill, and of course our Interstate Centre in North Bryan,” he said. “All of those are positives and it certainly shines a good light on our area.”

Richmond Hill Mayor Fowler — who, along with Burnsed, was interviewed for the article — agreed.

“I think it’s a very good article, I think that Bryan County is moving forward and continues to grow,” Fowler said. “I think if we can showcase Bryan County and Richmond Hill it’s in our best interest to do so, and this is just another way of doing that.”
The article describes current economic trends in Bryan County, while also noting the county has survived the recent recession better than most surrounding counties.

“I think they were, first of all, doing an article on southeast Georgia and the Georgia coast,” Burnsed said of why the magazine likely chose to feature Bryan County. “And I think they were looking for areas or pockets where there was improvement in the economy, and certainly our numbers indicate we are improving on a regular basis now.”

Pembroke Mayor Mary Warnell, also quoted in the article, said she believes the article is an excellent showcase of the resources the county has to offer.

“GeorgiaTrend magazine is read by business, economic development, education and government leaders throughout Georgia and the southeast,” she said in an email. “Identifying our location and resources available can only help us attract more businesses to our county, which in turn brings more jobs. We are proud to have CZM and Savannah Global Solutions, an international business, recently move their headquarters and manufacturing operations to Pembroke.”

Read more in the Feb. 2 edition of the News.

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