Georgia County Government - October 2008 - (Page 14)

Regional Focus: South Georgia Agricultural Heartland Welcomes Economic Diversity The agricultural heartland found in Tift, Turner, Cook and Echols counties blends the ‘old’ with the ‘new’ by welcoming economic diversity and bio-fuel and agricultural research facilities to a region that still underpins Georgia’s billion-plus ‘farm gate’ economy. By Deborah Dewberry, Editor certainly one of the busiest in the nation, serve, for all those passing through, as the virtual “gateway” to the Sunshine State. From the vantage point of the busy highway, it Second only to the peanut is Georgia’s bountiful harvest of pecans, also shipped worldwide. Image courtesy of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) Picture Georgia photo archive. W elcome to South Georgia. The counties here, occupying the region north of the Florida state line, remain some of the state’s most undeveloped, yet most-traveled through as several million automobiles head southbound for vacations yearly via Interstate 75. The verdant rural fields f lanking this interstate, may not look like much is going on in this most rural of Georgia’s regions, but there is much more to South Georgia than meets the eye. Here, one finds the beating heart of the state’s critically important agribusiness economy. 14 GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - October 2008

Georgia County Government - October 2008
President's Message
County Matters
South Georgia's Agricultural Heartland Welcomes Economic Diversity, High-Tech Research
What Do You Know About the State's 2008 Constitutional Amendments?
Union County's New Hope Clinic
Counties and the Law: U.S. Supreme Court Increases Burden on Defending Age Claims
Cyber Security Awareness
Are Animal Control Costs Out of Control?
Dave Wills Joins ACCG Staff
Executive DRIVE is the Pinnacle of Gwinnett's Leadership Institute
Preventative Medical Program Succeeds in Chatham County
DCA's Planning & Quality Growth Office Reveals New Regional Planning Approach
Implementation of Georgia's Security & Immigration Compliance Act
The Roundabout: Glynn County's Newest Approach to Traffic Management
Governor Urges Preparation for Digital TV Transition
The Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership
Wharton Named Program Director for Georgia Centers for Innovation
Army Ranger Turned Police Officer Attends CDP Training
ACCG Staff Attends National Conference of State Legislatures Summit
ACCG Editor, Forsyth County PIO Garner NACIO Awards
GDEcD News: Tourism Grants; Scan-Tech to Expand
Benefit News: GEBCorp Marks Eight Years of Retirement Benefits
Georgia's Courthouses and the American Renaissance
Extension News: Georgia 4-H Impacts Student Achievement, Leadership
Research Center: Best Methods for Creating Ordinances in Your County
CCAP Corner: Walter F. Rosso, Cusseta-Chattahoochee County
NACo News: Association Sponsors 'Green' Competitions
Beth Bradley Joins ACCG Staff
County Parade
Index of Advertising

Georgia County Government - October 2008