Much like the University of Florida’s Innovation Center in Gainesville, the Shaw building space formerly housed industry and is roughly the same size.
An innovation center could provide on-site resources and startup space for business entrepreneurs.
“They would go out into the community ready to hire, produce a product and render a service. That’s good for the community and a job creator,” Bentley said.
The vacant Elks Building adjacent to City Hall is becoming a one-stop shop for economic development. At present, Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) money funds the city’s renovation.
Housing all city economic development, code enforcement, engineers and business offices would be attractive for incoming businesses, according to the mayor.
“We’d like for them to come in that one building and get all of the answers they need,” he said. “ I want people to go out and say it’s easy to do business in Milledgeville.”
City manager Barry Jarrett said the building completion date is January 2014.
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