Grant & Loan Awards: Pulaski County
Equity grant funds to assist with construction of water and sewer infrastructure throughout the Hawkinsville Technology Park in Pulaski County to enhance development capacity and marketability. Located 37 miles south of Macon between US Hwys 341 and 129, the 232-acre Technology Park was established in 1999 to attract industry and commerce to the region. Local investment of $2.2 million includes property acquisition and the construction of a 100,000 SF spec building in 2001. This project proposes installing 8-inch and 12-inch PVC sewer mains and 6-inch to 10-inch water mains throughout the park. Additional proposed water infrastructure improvements include the installation of an elevated storage tank, booster pump and controls. As a capacity-building project, no jobs will be created immediately. The Authority estimates that the proposed infrastructure improvements could attract a company that would create 100 jobs. The Park will be primarily marketed to aerospace firms, food processing, distribution, light manufacturing facilities and call centers. Despite prolific marketing and economic development efforts, the Park has located only one business, and the spec building remains vacant. Lack of water and sanitary sewer service throughout the Park is considered to be a primary factor in the lack of current private investment in the Park.
ESB loan guarantee to purchase an existing paint and decorating center including the land, building, inventory, furniture, fixtures and equipment. The current owners are retiring, and Alvin, a long time employee, and Shellie Roberts wish to purchase the business which sells paint, floor covering, wallpaper and window treatments. The Roberts' will operate the business under the name, Pulaski Paint and Decorating, Inc. The lender is Planters First Bank of Cordele.
Equity funds to assist with the renovation of a historically significant structure, the 90-year old, 11,200 SF former Pillowtex Mill site located in downtown Hawkinsville for use as the Ocmulgee River Community Market. The local economy was devastated in 2001 when the plant closed and 519 employees were displaced, leaving behind slum and blight. Specifically, the redevelopment will feature 37-40 sheltered vendor stalls for agricultural products and crafts from local and regional artisans, a restaurant and two retail shops. The existing unsheltered farmers market has been operated by Better Hometown since 2004; has expanded from 16 weeks annually to year-round; and vendor membership has increased from 10 to 30. Up to 65 residential units (Cottonmill Lofts) will be constructed by NC-based developer, Landmark Group as a part of this mixed-use redevelopment along the Ocmulgee River.
Equity funds for the design and construction of a new 14,494 SF Workforce Development Center containing multi-purpose classrooms, lab areas for technical training and other necessary space for the citizens of Hawkinsville, Pulaski County and surrounding areas. The center will allow Middle GA Technical College to expand vocational training offerings, including certificate programs previously unavailable, giving local citizens skill sets currently in demand by local industries. The project will serve a minimum of 277 persons and several local industries initially.
Equity funds to assist with construction of outdoor freshwater ponds in Pulaski County to explore cultivation of marine shrimp in an inland farm environment. Project has the opportunity to develop a create a viable option to traditional farming for Georgia's farmers.
Equity funds for assistance in the construction and paving of a 250 space parking facility adjacent to the nearly-completed 100,000 SF industrial building in the city's 233-acre Technology Park. Park has close proximity to Robins Air Force Base.
Equity funds for the expansion of their Jointly Owned Natural Gas Transmission Line along Georgia Hwy 112. (Cities of Hawkinsville, Cochran, Perry and Warner Robins).