ATLANTA (December 5, 2008) – State Sen. Jeff Chapman (R-Brunswick) has secured $500,000 in equity grant funds for sewer infrastructure improvements to support the expansion of the D. Ray James State Prison in Charlton County. The project will create at least 51 new jobs and generate $34.5 million in private investment.
“I am pleased the expansion of the D. Ray James State Prison will create new job opportunities for county residents since Georgia’s unemployment rate recently hit a 16-year high of 7 percent,” said Sen. Chapman. “I want to thank OneGeorgia Authority for providing our county with this much needed funding, which will help continue making Charlton County a place where people are proud to work and live.”
ATLANTA (December 5, 2008) – Co-chairmen Senator Tim Golden and Representative Allen Peake (R-Macon) conducted the final meeting of the Joint Legislative Panel on the Future of Manufacturing in Georgia Thursday, December 4. Kennesaw State University Coles College of Business hosted the meeting which included presentations by technical college educators, manufacturing economists and analysts, and professional representatives of the industry. Presenters addressed the current state of Georgia’s manufacturing industry from business growth and economic perspectives.
“Merging Historically Black Colleges such as Savannah State University and Albany State College with nearby white-majority schools, Armstrong Atlantic State University and Darton College, will save our taxpayers and the state a significant amount of money. It is not my intention to close any of these institutions, but to strengthen them and make them better. HBCUs should keep their historical significance. This suggestion will require research, but now is the time to examine cost-saving solutions in this tight economic climate.
WOODSTOCK (December 3, 2008) – State Senator Chip Rogers (R-Woodstock) today announced the details for his annual PAGE Contest. Beginning its seventh year, students between the ages of 12-17 and who live in southern Cherokee County or Northeast Cobb County can enter to serve a day at the State Capitol working as an official PAGE during the 2009 Legislative Session.
“I am disappointed that the Board of Regents has decided to impose additional cost burdens on
students as a way to balance their budget. They should take responsibility and instead look diligently at their own non-essential spending.
Georgia families are struggling to make ends meet and the Board of Regents should not protect their status quo by balancing their budgets on struggling students’ and parents’ pocket books.