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Worth Industrial Complex Achieves GRAD Ready Status

11ALLI015_Grad Logo_RGBWorth Industrial Complex is now a Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development site

Executive Director of the Worth County Economic Development Authority, Karen Rackley announced today that the Worth Industrial Complex has been named a Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) by the Georgia Allies, a public-private partnership focused on economic development marketing. Ms. Rackley stated that it was a collaborative effort among our Economic Development Board, City of Sylvester and County Commissioners. EMC Engineering did the site work and prepared the application to be submitted to the state and we are appreciative of everyone’s hard work and due diligence in seeing this project to completion.

“The GRAD designation for the Worth Industrial Complex means that it can truly compete on a global stage for new industry and the accompanying jobs,” said Pat Wilson, Executive Director of Georgia Allies, and COO of the Department of Economic Development. “I fully believe that the Worth County Economic Developments efforts to attain the GRAD status for the Worth Industrial Complex will be beneficial.”

The site is located just 17 miles from I75 in Tifton and is located at corner of Hwy 82 East and Seabrook Drive. It consists of 204 Acres and is suitable for manufacturing and / or distribution. For further information on the site call the Worth County EDA at 229-776-7599.

Chair of the Worth County Economic Development Authority, Dan Nesbit stated the he feels the marketability of our property has doubled now that we are only one of 28 sites in the State of Georgia that holds this status. We wanted to do something that would give us a competitive edge and becoming GRAD Ready does just that. Mayor of Sylvester, Bill Yearta, states that the City of Sylvester has been behind the project from the beginning. The property is annexed into the City of Sylvester and we are looking forward to supplying our future industry with power, water and gas.

The GRAD designation indicates that the site is market-ready. The designation also includes several tools to market the site, including:
• Program benefits on the Georgia Department of Economic Development website
• Highlighted listings on the industrial site databases of major electric utility Web sites
• Continued presence on Georgia Allies electronic newsletter targeted to companies and location consultants
• Site awareness for statewide project managers and Georgia Allies partners

Created in 1997, Georgia Allies was formed as a partnership between the Georgia Department of Economic Development and private corporations, designed to lead the state’s economic development marketing efforts. A collaborative endeavor, Allies leverages the individual initiatives of its members into a larger, targeted program that aggressively promotes the state’s business development assets. This organization serves as a benchmark, creating innovative and cutting-edge activities to enhance Georgia’s business climate.


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