The agreement, which was also signed by the Floyd County and Gordon County commissioners, outlines the operations process for the authority in respect to fairness for both counties and establishes the “game plan” essentially for the counties in regards to property management by the authority.
“What has taken place between Gordon and Floyd is really been some housekeeping measures that each county body voted on and approved,” said Scott Smith, the attorney for the authority.
The purpose of the joint authority, according to Larry Roye, chairman of the authority and member of the Gordon County Development Authority, is to attract industrial prospects to this region of the state.
The authority currently owns nearly 63 acres of industrial property on Hermitage Road off of Ga. 53 in Floyd County and is marketing it for sale. After the sale of the industrial property in Floyd, the authority will use the profits to purchase property in Gordon County, said Roye.
The authority has not yet begun a search for property in Gordon County, according to Roye. However, the authority was charged by Blaine Williams, Floyd County assistant county manager, to begin considering locations for the authority to discuss.
According to Roye, it would be ideal to have the next property on Ga. 53 in Gordon County, however, “If it’s on the other side of the county, that’s OK too,” said Roye.
Also present at the meeting was Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who commended the authority for their collaborative efforts for economic development in the region.
“It’s always refreshing to see two communities coming together and working on economic development,” said Cagle.
According to Cagle, the changing nature of economic development in Georgia in the next ten years will require communities to develop and work together regionally.
“So this is a great model,” he said.
The authority also elected new officers for the year: