The CSH Legislative Initiative task force includes Baldwin County Commissioner Sammy Hall, Johnny Grant, Community Engagement and Economic Development Director for Georgia College and CSHLRA board member, CSHLRA chair Quay Fuller, city attorney Jimmy Jordan, Rowe, CSHLRA board member Russ Walden, Couch and attorney David Waddell. Other influencers such as state Rep. Rusty Kidd, state Sen. Burt Jones, Troutman Sanders, Central Georgia Technical College President Dr. Ivan Allen, Maj. Gen. Peter Boylan (Ret.) and the SPC commissioner will assist the effort along with the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, Georgia Trust and the state Chamber of Commerce.
“We aren’t planning to do it all ourselves,” Rowe said. “There are a lot of people out there with contacts that could help us develop this.”
The CSHLRA officials think opportunity for state agency relocation to the campus exists. The Georgia Department of Corrections and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities are two possible candidates, according to Rowe.
Other key issues for the legislative initiative include finding demolition dollars for correctional buildings, inserting the CSHLRA into a state budget line item and exploring if federal rules of economic development conveyance could apply to CSH properties.
Deal’s support is vital to the mission. Rowe said the governor has been open and patient.
“It’s time for us to go back to him with specifics,” he said.
If the properties can’t be accessed via administrative rule and require statute modification, documentation must be in Atlanta by Oct. 15 to be introduced into the 2014 legislative session.
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