Good News Meeting

Twenty-five plus, Northeast Georgia counties shared project-after-project of local “Good News,” last week.

Elbert County participated with three representatives: new Development Authority Chairman, Jim Stovall; Board Member, Allen Nicas; and Economic Director, Rusty Warner.

Warner, the Director of Economic Development for the Development Authority of Elbert County, Elberton & Bowman, spoke in-turn on behalf of the Authority, about:

  • Elbert Memorial’s Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit
  • Athens Tech’s future agriculture facility, Elbert County campus
  • Local business renovations and expansions
  • New economic development millage rate
  • Improved GA Highway 72
  • Development Authority’s Camera Ready program
  • Great Promise Partnership

According to Warner, ” One of the privileges of my position is telling stories of our success. Big or small, I know each accomplishment is appreciated by our citizens, businesses, and officials. By adding our stories to others, it allows an overwhelming positive forecast of the total region. We often collaborate with other counties and the state but sharing informative, good news is exceptionally uplifting!”

Athen’s Technical College’s Dr. Andrea Daniels was in attendance and spoke about the new Agricultural Center proposed at the Elbert County campus, and how to recruit younger generations.

Here is a sampling of what is happening inside some of our bordering counties:


  • Two redevelopment projects

Hart County

  • Nestle Purina

Jackson County

  • New Economic Development Director
  • College and Career Academy

Barrow County

  • Wastewater Treatment Plant

Walton County

  • Hitachi expansion
  • Facebook