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October 9, 2013

Development Authority making moves

MILLEDGEVILLE — With a light regular meeting agenda, Milledgeville City Council listened to Milledgeville-Baldwin County Develop Authority Executive Director Matt Poyner during Tuesday's City Hall work session.

Work on the Industrial Park's 44-acre tract visible from Highway 22 nears completion.

“It's pad ready, which means that it will be ready for development. All the utilities are on site,” Poyner said. “We have a couple more things to do, but we should be done by the end of the month with the grading work. We are already getting looks from the state about that.”

Foreign investors want flat, treeless sites.

“There were two projects that went on the radar because these consultants want to see pad ready sites,” he said.

The area surrounding the Spec Building was leveled recently with new erosion control measures being added as well. Easy access ties into a favorable look from big business.

“Now, it's a little more presentable,” Poyner said. “We had prospects we had to pull to the back door and let out. It's hard to sell a building that way.”

Poyner said industries are giving “good looks” at the Spec facility.

Milledgeville did lose an recent advanced manufacturing prospect at the final hour.

The development authority director said it's still positive news that people are coming to this town.

“We are on the radar, which is exciting. We've got another site consultant that has never been to Milledgeville see our resources. He was very impressed with what we had,” Poyner said.

Baldwin County's lack of railroad siding access for heavy industry supply requirements is a competitive disadvantage, according to Poyner.

Existing industries such as Triumph Aerostructures and Zschimmer & Schwarz could utilize rail siding pulled up on the U.S. Highway 441 bypass by the Georgia Department of Transportation. GDOT doesn't want a railroad on a four-lane highway.

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