2017-03-15 / Front Page

Rural Georgia left behind

House creates Rural Development Council

The Georgia House of Representatives unanimously passed HR 389 Friday creating the House Rural Development Council.

Representative Sam Watson (RMoultrie), Chairman of the Rural Caucus Committee, worked with Representative Gerald Greene and others to create the 15 member Commission to examine the economic development and revitalization of rural Georgia.

The Commission will target various challenges facing rural Georgia including: access to health care, poor infrastructure, lower educational opportunity and lack of employment opportunities. The Council will make recommendations on ways to help rural Georgia.

Georgia is enjoying incredible economic growth and success. The state has been named the No. 1 state in which to do business four years in a row, leading the nation in responsible fiscal policies, economic growth and record job creation.

“However, much of that success has left rural Georgia behind,” stated Rep. Greene. “Our area has unique challenges rural Georgians face everyday, including aging infrastructure, lack of access to quality healthcare, fewer job opportunities and significant loss in population and struggling schools.”

The task force created by House Resolution 389 will begin work April 1, 2017. House Speaker David Ralston has made this commission the number one priority this year’s legislative session.

Representative Greene represents nine of the counties targeted by the commission.

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