Grant & Loan Awards: Oglethorpe County
BRIDGE funds to assist with a two-county technology assessment to be conducted by Georgia Tech's TechSmart program. Local commitments of $2,000 include: Elbert Granite Association-$500, Elbert County Foundation-$500 and the Oglethorpe Chamber of Commerce-$1000. The study will focus on improving network infrastructure, filling in gaps in broadband availability, building upon an existing cluster of granite-related industries, development of tourism/retirement as an economic strategy and other small technology-related businesses. TechSmart will benchmark current utilization of technology while also coaching community stakeholders through workshops, seminars and other training programs as they jointly develop a technology roadmap for the future. The two-county initiative seeks to strengthen existing partnerships in a joint effort to prepare the region to successfully compete in today's global economy.