Grant & Loan Awards: Jenkins County
AIRGeorgia funds to assist with improvements to the Millen-Jenkins County Airport including the extension of its runway from 4,000 feet to 5,000 feet and the construction of a parallel taxiway. The Airport is located in Jenkins County, 38 miles south of Augusta in the eastern portion of the state adjacent to Magnolia Springs State Park on US Hwy 25. It accommodates general aviation related activities, including recreational flying and agricultural spraying. GA Flight Source, LLC plans to establish a fixed based operation (FBO) at the airport providing full scale aircraft maintenance, annual inspections, paint and interior refurbishing. In addition GA Flight Source, LLC has purchased a facility on Hwy 25 near the airport with plans to establish a training facility to provide pilot certification and aircraft maintenance certification.
Equity grant funds will be used to assist with water, gas and road infrastructure improvements to support the location of a 1,150-bed men’s detention center which the Corrections Corporation of American (CCA) plans to construct and operate outside of the City of Millen in unincorporated Jenkins County pursuant to a contractual award by the Georgia Department of Corrections. The existing infrastructure in Jenkins County is inadequate to meet the needs of a new correctional facility. Equity funds will be used to assist with the construction of a 500,000 gallon elevated water tank to generate the required pressure for meeting peak demands, the extension of the City’s gas line 4,000 feet and the construction of an access road to the site.
Equity grant funds of $500,000 will be used to assist with the renovation of a Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) building to serve as the Camp Lawton Museum and Interpretive Center at Magnolia Springs State Park in Jenkins County. Magnolia Springs State Park is home to the recently discovered 42-acre compound framed by a 15-foot high stockade wall of locally harvested pine logs and described in 1864 as “the largest prison in the world.” Georgia Southern University, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, began to investigate the archeology at Camp Lawton in 2009. Recent archeological discoveries of a stockade wall and numerous personal articles from the soldiers at Camp Lawton have brought national attention to the site. The community hopes to attract the countless number of visitors who frequent Civil War history sites.
BRIDGE funds to assist with the cost to develop a feasibility/business case conducted by Key Bridges that will help the five-county area (Burke, Jefferson, Jenkins, Richmond and Washington) determine their local needs and opportunities for Broadband service. Specifically, Key Bridges will work with local stakeholders to articulate a vision, conduct a needs assessment, provide application identification/suggested solutions, determine a business case-driven total cost of ownership and produce a deployment and sustainability plan. If successful, a wireless Broadband network will allow businesses within the economically-distressed five-county region to better compete in the global marketplace. TPC is $50K with a Local commitment of $10K divided among the prospective counties.
Equity funds to assist with land acquisition of 180 acres to begin developing an industrial park known as the Paramore Hill Industrial Park. An option on an additional 60 acres yields a total of 240 acres under local control (the entire tract is +/- 400 acres). The site, with access to GA Hwy 17 and direct access to Norfolk Southern rail service, is large enough to attract the types of industries needed to boost both the local and regional economy. The site is listed with GA Power, Georgia EMC and GDEcD. Jenkins County has committed $125K for in-kind site clearing support. With a recently received $25,000 Georgia DOL grant, the county is preparing brochures to market the property.
Equity funds to assist with the acquisition of land to expand the Industrial Park. The existing park, strategically located on the Augusta-Savannah River Parkway is near capacity (only 5 acres remain). The expansion will be accessible from the Hwy 21 Bypass, a four-lane highway linking both Augusta and the Savannah Port. The site is served with rail, natural gas and fiber. The park will be aggressively marketed using the results of a recent 5-county regional study which identified six industry clusters: value-added agriculture, metal working, electronic and computer peripherals, food processing, distribution and web/graphic design.