Georgia General Assembly

06/25/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/25/2019 07:42

Jackson County Awarded Grant Funding From OneGeorgia Authority

ATLANTA - State Representative Tommy Benton (R-Jefferson) today announced that Jackson County was awarded $150,000 in special purpose grants from the OneGeorgia Authority to build an agricultural center in Jackson County.

'I am thankful for the OneGeorgia Authority's recent consideration for this funding, as agriculture remains the largest sector of Jackson County's economy,' said Rep. Benton. 'This new facility will support students who are involved in the future of the local agricultural economy, and it will serve as an asset to producing well-rounded and productive students and citizens in Jackson County.'

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners is currently constructing the new agricultural center to support local students who are involved in educational programs, such as Future Farmers of America and 4-H. The new agricultural center will be available for educational purposes and for those who are currently involved in Jackson County's agriculture community. The current budget for the facility is $4 million and will be located on property previously owned by the county. The center's total square footage will be approximately 43,000 square feet and will include a multipurpose area, show area, conference room, kitchen and standard amenities.

Economic vitality in rural Georgia is the singular goal of the OneGeorgia Authority. From land acquisition, infrastructure development to machinery purchases, business relocation assistance and entrepreneur support, OneGeorgia provides grants and loans for these economic development activities to qualified applicants. The OneGeorgia Authority's task is to serve as a financial partner and catalyst in helping our rural communities maintain excellent quality of life advantages while also creating sustainable and diversified economies.

For more information about the OneGeorgia Authority, please click here.

Representative Tommy Benton represents the citizens of District 31, which includes portions of Jackson County. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 2004 and currently serves as Chairman of the Retirement Committee and as Secretary of the Education Committee. He also serves on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Human Resources, Human Relations & Aging, Rules and Transportation committees.