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Feature Lee County brings thousands of sportsmen to Southwest Georgia each year. Here, sportsmen vie for quail. Photo courtesy of Picture Georgia, GDEcD. Lee County: Continuing to Prosper and Grow Evidence is that Lee County’s new marketing slogan — “Life Works Well Here” — is on the money. Being in the trajectory of Dougherty County’s growth over the past two decades has been good to this community, and this Southwest Georgia county is a high-growth and per-capita-income jurisdiction. By Deborah Dewberry A s a northern residential enclave of Albany, Lee County’s population has doubled twice in 20 years, now exceeding 35,000, says County Administrator Alan Ours. “We’re within the Albany Metropolitan Statistical Area and that has led us to become the fastest-growing county in the region. We were recently ranked fourth nationally for best growth potential by American City Business Journals.” Ours says Lee County is especially popular with young families, owing to a state and national award-winning school system and local attractions, among them the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains (neighboring Sumter County); Lake Blackshear and the Flint River (including the Flint RiverQuarium in Albany); and 1,400-acre Lake Chehaw to the south, which offers lake recreation of all kinds. Hunting here is big, too — a sportsman’s paradise with some of the great hunting plantations, featuring award-winning lodges endorsed by Orvis. These facilities make Lee County a destination of sportsmen from all over the globe in pursuit of quail, deer, turkey and other game. Hunting, in fact, is a huge local industry, bringing millions of dollars to the community each year. Booming residential growth here has been accompanied by a fair amount of industrial growth, including a dynamic retail market, along with noticeable commercial investment. “Lee County has welcomed new industrial investment every year from 2003 through 2009 with a total of seven new entities within the Oakland Meadows Business Park,” says Lee County Development and County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Winston Oxford. “Not many communities in Georgia or the nation can make that statement.” Public schools here also continue to be rated among the state’s best, Oxford adds. “We boast being one of only a couple of systems statewide that has met the coveted ‘adequate yearly progress’ (AYP) benchmarks, for six years running. Our school system is a primary contributor to Lee County’s LEE COUNTY continued on page 24 AUGUST 2010 23

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