Agency announces $8.3 million for Ga. rural jobs

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Posted: Dec 08, 2009 11:14 AM

Millions of dollars in investment and more than 1,000 jobs are coming to rural Georgia.

Governor Sonny Perdue and members of the OneGeorgia Authority Board met at Southwest Georgia Technical College and approved the $8.3 million program aimed at creating and retaining jobs and stimulating new private investment.

The awards will be used for projects including infrastructure, land acquisition, regional tourism and agribusiness. The OneGeorgia Authority was created using a third of the state's tobacco settlement to assist Georgia's most economically challenged areas and is expected to receive about $1.6 billion over the 25-year term of the settlement. The agency has made 458 awards totaling $251 million impacting 123 economically depressed counties and creating or retaining more than 45,000 jobs.