Georgia County Government - August 2010 - (Page 10)

Feature Focus on Southwe By Deborah Dewberry Dougherty County and surrounding Sout of recession with alternative fuel technol diversify and create quality jobs and ass setting a pace in Georgia. H Southwest Georgia’s Flint River is among the region’s abundant natural resources, which also include the Floridan aquifer, one of the largest groundwater sources in North America. Photo courtesy of Picture Georgia, GDEcD. 10 GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT aving lost 2,000 manufacturing jobs in the last three years, Dougherty County’s struggle with recession is challenging, despite the jurisdiction’s status as the forward-planning commercial and cultural “hub” of Southwest Georgia. According to many, Dougherty County and Albany, its county seat, comprise the capitol of this traditionally agricultural region, an urban center ensconced in one of the most prolific farming regions in North America. The regional population of Dougherty County and Albany is estimated about 175,000 (according to 2008 Census figures). Part of the draw to this region includes its close proximity to I-75 as well as rail service from Norfolk Southern and GeorgiaFlorida Railways and access to coastal ports and international airports. This area also features a high-profile Marine Corps Logistics Base that pumps $600 million into the region and top-flight hospital and medical centers, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and Palmyra Medical Center. As Dougherty County Chairman Jeff Sinyard points out, the quality of life here can hardly be beat, with a cost of living 20 percent lower than the national average. Recent accolades from Forbes magazine include a listing among the “Best Small Places to do Business” in the U.S. and a third place ranking for the “Cost of Doing Business in Georgia” (50th nationally). This recognition, as well as three business parks offering three million squarefeet of available industrial buildings and space and access to growing markets in

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - August 2010

Georgia County Government - August 2010
President’s Message
Focus on Southwest Georgia
Lee County: Continuing to Prosper and Grow
Southwest Georgia Counties Pursue Real Innovations to Improve the Future
Leading Edge Waste-to-Energy Methane Gas Facilities Depend on County Landfi lls
ACCG Honors 10 Georgia Lawmakers For Outstanding Service During 2010 Session
ACCG Welcomes New Staff
Federal Health Reform: Implications for Counties
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - August 2010