Grant & Loan Awards: Candler County
AIRGeorgia funds to extend the existing runway at Metter Municipal Airport from 3,610 feet to 5,000 feet to enable the airport to accommodate larger twin-type aircraft and other medium sized aircraft. Other improvements include the installation of new lighting and perimeter fencing. This extension is necessary in order to better utilize the airport as an economic resource for the area and to spur economic growth by being able to serve large industries and small businesses, which will lead to future capital investment and job growth.
Equity funds to assist with the acquisition of 105 acres to expand the 111-acre Metter I-16 Industrial Park. In addition, the CCIA also has an option on an additional 95 acres of land, which could be used to attract a significant regional employer needing upwards of 200 acres. Given the park's proximity to I-16, Port of Savannah, and GA Southern University, the CCIA has an opportunity to provide jobs to surrounding rural counties including Emanuel, Evans, Jenkins, Tattnall and Toombs. With only 25 acres remaining in the current industrial park, the community is not able to compete for projects or attract any industrial prospects. A site analysis of the county conducted by Georgia Tech determined that the proposed acquisition was the best economic development alternative given the siteâ€™s proximity to the existing industrial park, access to I-16 and the availability of water and sewer.
E 9-1-1 funds to assist Candler County, through an Intergovernmental Agreement which establishes a regional system that includes Bulloch County, Evans County and Candler County and serviced through Bulloch County, the one-time start up costs to establish E 9-1-1 service. Total cost of this project is $1,218,117. The E 9-1-1 funds would be used to assist in the purchase of equipment as well as mapping and addressing costs to serve the 9,577 residents of Candler County. E 9-1-1 calls from Candler County will be received at the Bulloch County Emergency Answering Center in Statesboro and then dispatched to the various emergency and law enforcement agencies in Candler County.
Equity funds to construct a 7,200 SF building to be used as an Agribusiness Regional Resource and Development Center. The center will provide regional training opportunities for diversification of farming operations in the region, as well as training for the fast growing Hispanic population and others in need of basic skills. In addition, workforce training will be provided to meet the needs of agribusiness and employers within the region.