Grant & Loan Awards: Elbert County


BRIDGE

Elbert County

BRIDGE Fund: $13,236

Awarded: 01/30/2007

Applicant: Elbert County, Elberton and Bowman, Development Authority of


Description:
BRIGE funds to assist with a two-county technology assessment to be conducted by Georgia Tech's TechSmart program. Local commitments of $2,000 include: Elbert Granite Association-$500, Elbert County Foundation-$500 and the Oglethorpe Chamber of Commerce-$1000. The study will focus on improving network infrastructure, filling in gaps in broadband availability, building upon an existing cluster of granite-related industries, development of tourism/retirement as an economic strategy and other small technology-related businesses. TechSmart will benchmark current utilization of technology while also coaching community stakeholders through workshops, seminars and other training programs as they jointly develop a technology roadmap for the future. The two-county initiative seeks to strengthen existing partnerships in a joint effort to prepare the region to successfully compete in today's global economy.


Total Budgeted Project Cost: $17,236


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