Grant & Loan Awards: Randolph County
Equity loan funds to assist with the purchase of machinery and equipment in support of the location of A.G. Daniel Industries, LLC to Randolph County, Georgia. A.G. Daniel Industries is a Georgia company which will manufacture cattle feed product from cotton gin waste material which is currently being disposed of via burning. This product can replace high quality cattle feed at a price that is significantly lower than the market price of other feed products. The Company will also reclaim 11.5% good quality cotton lint which will be baled in industry standard 500 pound bales and sold to cotton product manufacturers. The processing equipment will also collect and separate what is known as mote cotton which will also be baled and sold to either a mote processor or a company that manufactures products from the short fiber material, such as money, insulation and furniture padding. A.G. Daniel will create at least 70 new jobs within two years and invest over $5 million in the community.
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 to assist with the rehabilitation of a downtown building to be used as a medical clinic by the Randolph County Hospital Authority. Currently the satellite clinic, Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center (SWGRMC) is operating out of the Shellman Police Station. SWGRMC has committed to create 5 new jobs in addition to benefiting the residents by providing quality health care. Randolph County is one of the most impoverished counties in Georgia, and many of the patients living in the area cannot afford medical services. The clinic will also provide a sliding fee scale and indigent drug program to patients who qualify. The clinic will be staffed by a physician, mid-level provider, practice manager, an assistant and a receptionist.
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.