Grant & Loan Awards: Quitman County
EDGE funds to assist with expansion of a manufacturer of fishing lures, D & J Plastics in Georgetown, by constructing a 70x100x30 foot metal building with a 70x100 foot mezzanine for 14,000 SF of usable space to accommodate the Company's new product line and the just-in-time inventory management system. D&J Plastics began in 1998 with two employees and currently has 57 full-time exempt employees and 22 contract workers. DJC is Quitman County's only manufacturer, exporter, and largest private employer. In 2007, DJP partnered with an Alabama company to develop bio-degradable fishing lure material to be distributed solely by D&J under the brand name of Big Bite Baits which currently has 75 different products under this name. The new product line is sold in 13 Wal-mart stores in the Birmingham area as well as other sporting goods stores throughout the country and internationally. This project will create 20 new jobs, retain 57 existing jobs and create $200,000 in private investment. Georgia was in competition with Eufaula, Alabama.
BRIDGE funds to conduct a TechSmart feasibility study, to create a Business and Marketing Plan and to develop an RFP for the development of a Carrier Class High Speed Back Haul Network for broadband connectivity in unserved and underserved areas of this four county area (Clay, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart.) This is phase 1 of the project. If deemed viable, a design/build phase (phase 2) will be the Authority's next step.
E 9-1-1 funds to expand the Clay & Quitman E 9-1-1 Center to serve Randolph and Stewart Counties. Grant funds will be used to assist with mapping, signage and equipment purchases to expand the system. The Clay and Quitman E 9-1-1 Center, funded with a $400K grant in 2003, is located within the Clay County Sheriff's office. The applicant will use a centralized dispatching system in the four-county coverage area with a combined population of about 20,000 people. With such a large geographical footprint, the proposed four-county centralized dispatch is the most efficient approach to provide emergency medical services. The expansion of the two-county system into a four-county system represents significant progress in the development of regional collaboration and partnerships in one of Georgia's most economically challenged areas.
E 9-1-1 funds to assist with the construction/renovation of a regional E 9-1-1 center that will be housed on the first floor of the Clay County Sheriff's Deapartment in addition to the purchase of equipment to serve the 5,955 residents of these two Tier 1 counties (Clay, Quitman.) There will be one new position created with a total E 9-1-1 staff of five.