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Long DA updates Deputy Commissioner
rural dev meets long eda
Members of the Long County Development Authority meet with Amy Carter, the deputy commissioner for Rural Development of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, and with Alyce Thornhill, the Coastal Regional Representative for Existing Industry. - photo by Photo provided.

Last week, Amy Carter, the deputy commissioner for Rural Development of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), and her staff met with representatives of the Development Authority of Long County.  The meeting also included the GDEcD Coastal Regional Representative for Existing Industry, Alyce Thornhill.  

The purpose of the meeting was for the Development Authority to update Long County’s progress in economic development for the GDEcD representatives. 

Deputy Commissioner Carter’s position was created by last year’s General Assembly to address the needs and concerns of rural Georgia. Deputy Commissioner Carter listened intently to Long County Development Authority Chairman Danny Norman as he describe how the authority had hired an interim director, applied for and was awarded a grant for the industrial park intersection partnering with the Long County Board of Commissioners, was grateful that the commission had allocated monies in July to fund operations of the authorities and completed a recent strategic planning session.  

The strategic planning session, conducted by a representative of the Georgia EMC staff, was successful in establishing goals and objectives for the upcoming year.  Deputy Director Carter commented how effective the plan seemed and addressed many of the issues necessary to reestablish a development authority. There was much discussion on Long County and its workforce, commercial and industrial needs and target marketing.  

The GDEcD Team is in the process of visiting all of Georgia’s Counties to determine the needs of rural Georgia for possible programs and legislation.

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