Grant & Loan Awards: Clay County
Equity funds to assist with the development of a regional comprehensive marketing/tourism plan to effectively position the Hwy 27 corridor and the associated 18 counties as a travel and tourism â€œdestination of choice.â€ The Hwy 27 Association was formed to promote economic development, tourism and the protection of cultural and scenic resources along US Hwy 27, which runs 352 miles along the western portion of the State. The Association's 18 member counties seek to build on their existing tourism industry and develop additional products. The group has provided $52,000 of in-kind work/investment to-date, and they recognize the value of developing key partnerships and alliances. These include working with GA DOT on their plans to four-lane Hwy 27. Add 18 counties
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.
Equity funds acquisition, stabilization and marketing of the Sutton's Corner Frontier Country Store Museum in the City of Fort Gaines. The museum chronicles the life of rural Georgia from 1850 to 1927 and is an excellent example of heritage tourism.
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.
Equity funds for construction of Phase I of the Phenomenon Trail, a multi-use hiking and biking trail that will link Bagby State Park and Meadow Link Golf Course with the Walter F. George Dam at the Mayhaw Pond. The completed trail will further link to the Frontier Village in Fort Gaines. Phase I will cover three of the proposed seven-miles of the trail. The trail will be used for walking, bicycling, nature enthusiasts, bird watching, fishing, wildlife viewing, etc.
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.
Equity funds for sewer line extension to serve George T. Bagby State Park located on Lake Walter F. George. Park lodge and conference center undergoing expansion from 30 to 60 rooms to meet growing demands as well as additional dining and meeting space. Project to create 8 new jobs.