Improving the local development authority’s website is a top priority of Executive Director Matt Poyner. Five months into his post, he said the upgrades should be ready by the end of the year.
Updating demographics, quality of life, land availability, climate, labor pools and millage rate information are just a few of the changes.
Poyner said the site will answer all questions for an industry interested in Baldwin County.
“I bet that this new website will be one of the most advanced sites in the state for economic development. What we are doing on our site is going to be very unique,” Poyner said. “These consultants are doing website searches before they go to the state. We might not get those looks right now because our website doesn't provide enough data.”
Currently, the development authority is also working on clearing two areas within the Milledgeville/Baldwin County industrial park. The county has pledged to help.
Clearing and grading the 40-acre portion behind Rath Refractories and a 44-acre area closer to Highway 22 falls under Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funding totaling $2.5 million.
Interested industries do ask about the relationship between the local governments. They want to make sure no bad blood exists.
On the development authority end, Poyner sees no issue.