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Forward McDuffie, lake partnership work featured in two magazines

Local officials have long used many venues to move McDuffie County front and center in the public eye, and their latest is magazines. The county is featured in the latest editions of both Trade and Industry Development and Georgia Trend magazines, according to Forward McDuffie Executive Director Mike Carrington.

A block-style announcement of McDuffie County's "Stone Industrial Park" is featured in the former magazine, and a story about the Clarks Hill Partnership, complete with a photo of Mr. Carrington seated on the Thomson Courthouse lawn is featured in the latter one.

In both cases, the county's inclusion came as part of their collaboration with the Clarks Hill Partnership. The partnership consists of five neighboring countie. -McDuffie, Lincoln, Warren, Wilkes and Columbi. -working together to promote economic development.

The economic development officials with each county meet regularly with Unified Development Authority, Unified Development Corporation and Regional Development Center boards, according to Mr. Carrington. The boards conduct business with Trade and Industry Development magazine, which offered the partnership a half-priced rate to showcase their properties available for industry.

"And it'll help the partnership over the next three months give exposure to the region and bring in more prospects to the whole area," Mr. Carrington said.

Mr. Carrington said he chose the Stone Industrial Park property for the project because "it's kind of our prize little piece, and it's the biggest thing I'm marketing right now."

The property has 72 acres that is pad ready on the 300+ acres, complete with sewerage and water infrastructure, is located three miles from the county's 5300-foot airport with ILS and the local technical college, is 27 miles from Augusta, 100 miles from Atlanta, 110 from the port in Savannah and 4/10 of a mile from I-20.

"With these tractor trailers and gas being so high, the companies just want to load them up and get right on the interstate," Mr. Carrington said. "And the park is completely empty and ready to go."

Although he has smaller sites available in several other locations, Mr. Carrington said the large size of the Stone Industrial Park can easily handle four 60,000-100,000 square foot buildings for light industry.

The four-page article in the Georgia Trend magazine focuses on how the collaboration of the "Clarks Hill Partnership is encouraging industrial development, marketing area tourism and developing new tourist attractions, supporting recreational opportunities and expanding and upgrading infrastructure," thus bringing exposure and economic growth to east central Georgia.

Mr. Carrington's photo in front of the courthouse is just under the title and his quotes are the first in the article. Break-away boxes feature the population, employment and per capita income of east central Georgia counties compared with stage averages.

Mr. Carrington said the newest industries to purchase sites in McDuffie are Acclaim Lighting and Lewis Robertson Grading. Acclaim has already poured the foundation and has started putting up the walls of their 665,000-square-foot building, which is located behind Samuel's Truck Stop in the North I-20 Industrial Park. They will provide between 14-25 jobs when they open in August of this year.

Lewis Robertson Grading, providing 58 jobs, will move from Columbia County to their new site southwest of Cobbham Road and I-20 on 20 acres behind Germany Creek.

And this week, Mr. Carrington will hit the golf course by participating in the Red Carpet Tour at the Augusta National during the Masters. According to the Georgia Chamber of Commerce website, the tour draws CEOs from all over the world and flies them around the state aboard a chartered Delta Air Lines jet. Community and business leaders have a chance to visit with the guests and tout the advantages of locating their business in Georgia.

Web posted on Thursday, April 10, 2008

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