Grant & Loan Awards: Butts County
Equity grant funds will be used to assist with sewer infrastructure improvements to support the commercial development of an 80-acre site located at the intersection of I-75 and SR-16. The proposed project will benefit Great American Travel Center and a popular hotel chain, as well as provide increased capacity for future commercial growth and the creation of jobs. The proposed project lies within the I-75/SR-16 interchange approximately 10 miles west of the city of Jackson and requires the installation of 5,240 feet of 8-inch gravity sewer and a sewage pump station with 4,975 feet of 5-inch force main. The pump station capacity will be sized to provide the future projected wastewater needs of the Travel Center, hotel and the northeast and southeast quadrants of the Interchange. Great American Travel Center seeks to expand its operations to Butts County and will offer full services and amenities to highway motorists with a concept design that includes two well known restaurants. The private sector partner also plans to locate a well known hotel chain at this exit in Butts County.
Equity funds to expand the Butts County Workforce Training Center, a satellite campus of Griffin Technical College, from 10,672 to 13,202 square-feet. The center will be located on a 22-acre tract of donated land at a value just under $900,000. The application estimates that as many as 1,150 individuals will be enrolled over a 2-year period. Griffin Tech will provide classes in Adult Literacy, Business Office Technology, Personal Services, Computer Information Systems, Health, Technical/Industrial programs including welding, automotive and small engine repair. Butts County received a $500,000 CDBG grant in 2005 to construct the workforce training center. Since then, local leaders and Griffin Tech have recognized the need to expand the center by 2,530 square-feet to accommodate diesel engine training to serve Yancey Brothers Company, a supplier to Caterpillar. Griffin Tech estimates that up to 100 technicians may require training over a 5-year period.
Equity funds to improve a railroad crossing and locate a product distribution center, creating 50 new jobs.