A government organization could be created to help rebuild the economies of rural Georgia communities, according to legislation introduced this week.
The Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation would identify business opportunities, create community plans, provide assistance to various industries and help coordination with nonprofit organizations.
“Rural Georgia has not seen the same level of economic prosperity,” said Shaw, R-Lakeland. “The Center for Rural Prosperity and Innovation would provide a central location for research and information on rural development, which is crucial to enhancing economic opportunities.”
The center would be located within a college or institution of the University System of Georgia, possibly at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton.
The latest version of the state’s proposed budget, which is pending in the Senate, includes $25,000 to fund the center. The House version of the budget sought to appropriate $75,000 for the center.
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