Awards & Recognition

Board Member Howell Completes Training

quentin-howell-2016The Development Authority of the City of Milledgeville & Baldwin County (DAMBC) announces board member, Quentin T. Howell, has successfully completed Development Authority Training provided by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

Participants in the day-long basic training course learned about their responsibilities as members of development authority boards and the role development authorities serve in the local economic development process. Topics covered include legal issues, ethics, conflicts of interest, and open records/open meetings requirements.

In addition, participants learned the basics of financing development authority operations, incentives, and bonds. The class addressed strategic planning in community development, project development and management, and emerging issues affecting development authorities.

“Development authorities are a key resource in every community’s economic development toolkit, and our training provides board members with vital knowledge to help them implement successful development plans,” said course instructor Jennifer Nelson, who coordinates the institute’s training programs for development authority board members, economic development professionals and elected officials.

In a statement, Institute of Government Director Laura Meadows said, “These programs strengthen community leaders’ practical knowledge for implementing effective economic development projects. The better they understand their roles, the more impact they can have on their community’s growth and development.”

Georgia’s Newest Mega-Site Now GRAD Certified

(pictured above) A strategic planning meeting last week at which The Development Authority of the City of Milledgeville & Baldwin County Board of Directors, Milledgeville City Council Members, and Baldwin County Commissioners sat down for round table discussions about the new Sibley-Smith Industrial Park mega-site.

Georgia’s Newest Mega-Site Named Market-Ready
Sibley-Smith Industrial Park is now a Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development site

Milledgeville, GA – The Development Authority of the City of Milledgeville & Baldwin County (DAMBC) announced today the new Sibley-Smith Industrial Park has been named a Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) site by GDEcD, the state of Georgia’s marketing and sales arm.

“GRAD designation for the Sibley-Smith Industrial Park means 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 efforts by the Development Authority of the City of Milledgeville & Baldwin County to attain GRAD status for the site will be beneficial.”

The Sibley-Smith Industrial Park, named for the former property owners, is approximately 1,643 acres and is considered a mega-site. It is one of only 11 mega-sites in the state of Georgia and considered by the DAMBC to be in the top 3 because of rail siding on site, accessibility from a four lane highway, and all utilities already are on-site or within minimal proximity.

The GRAD designation indicates the Sibley-Smith Industrial Park 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

“Having GRAD certification on the new mega-site means having a significant advantage over the competition to win new projects that create jobs,” says DAMBC Executive Director Matt Poyner. “While the GRAD certification process is extensive, having it means due diligence studies have been done and potential companies have confidence from qualified consulting firms that no known issues exist on the site and projects can proceed with reduced risk.” Currently, of the 10 other communities with mega-sites, 7 do not have GRAD certification completed.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects.

Mohawk Most Awarded in Safety

0505_WEB_NGA_carpet_vA_t755_haed82f9c933870479bc0e16fdd68aca8d7ba0e66Mohawk Industries recently brought home 27 awards, honoring excellence in safety, from the 2016 Georgia Association of Manufacturers Annual Safety Conference.  Two Mohawk sites — the manufacturing plant in Milledgeville ( 100-299 employees) and the distribution facility in Antioch (100-199 employees) — received first place recognition for safety performance.

“At Mohawk, we have a lot to be proud of, but we are proudest of our world-class safety culture and the 25 sites that were recognized for no lost time accidents,” said Terry Craft, Mohawk corporate safety director, in a statement.

Mohawk 2016 Forbes America’s Best Employer

Mohawk WorkerForbes recognized Mohawk, the world’s largest flooring manufacturer, last week as one of America’s Best Employers. Ranked 188 out of all American companies employing at least 1000 people, Mohawk is the highest ranked flooring manufacturer and 8th company in the “engineering/manufacturing” category.

“At Mohawk, we are proud to have the industry’s best people because they are the foundation of our success,” Mohawk CEO Jeff Lorberbaum said. “Their commitment to innovation, quality, value and service distinguishes us as our industry’s preferred provider.”

The Forbes ranking of America’s Best Employers is drawn from an online survey of more than 30,000 employees. Participation in the survey was voluntary and respondents were recruited from thousands of sources to maximize reach and representation.

“A central part of our culture is maintaining a safe, fair and respectful workplace. We offer leading-edge learning and wellness programs to help our people grow professionally and lead healthier lives,” Lorberbaum said. “Although Mohawk is a global organization, our workplaces reflect the values of the small communities where our business began. Those values fuel our culture, customer relationships and sustained growth.”

As a publicly traded, Fortune 500 company, Mohawk provides a holistic value proposition to all employees. On-site health care clinics and healthy life coaches are offered to employees and their families at little or no cost. The company’s commitment to wellness extends to comprehensive medical and financial benefits and world-class safety standards, as well. Mohawk promotes opportunities for advancement through award-winning training and development initiatives and a nationally recognized apprenticeship program. Industry-leading sustainability practices and long-term community partnerships further reinforce the company’s commitment to thousands of employees across the United States.“During the past decade, we have harnessed the talent and commitment of our people to drive improvements in safety, wellness, training, sustainable practices and process improvement,” Mohawk Senior Vice President of Human Resources Phil Brown said. “Our goal is to have the safest and healthiest workforce in American industry, and I am proud that our people have embraced the resources we are providing to help them achieve that goal.”

To view the entire 2016 Forbes list of America’s Best Employers, visit http://www.forbes.com/best-employers/.

Triumph Aerostructures: Large Manufacturer of the Year

Triumph-2015-Lg-Mfgr-of-Year-Award-24Triumph Aerostructures—Vought Aircraft Division, based in Milledgeville, was named the 2015 Georgia Large Manufacturer of the Year at the annual Manufacturer’s Appreciation Week Governor’s Awards Luncheon in Atlanta. This event, co-hosted by the Technical College System of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Economic Development, recognizes top manufacturers across the state based on economic impact, corporate responsibility, and workforce excellence. Triumph was nominated for this award by Central Georgia Technical College.

Fechner remarked in front of a crowd of Georgia manufacturers and state officials gathered at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta for the Governor’s Awards Luncheon, “On behalf of 13,000 Triumph employees across the United States and the world at 67 locations, and especially the 715 employees in Milledgeville, thank you for this honor,” said Merlin Fechner, president of Triumph Aerostructures—Vought Aircraft Division. “We truly consider it an honor and a privilege to accept this prestigious award. We have some of the best employees and it’s demonstrated every day in everything we do. This award truly belongs to them.”

In their over 40 years of operation in Milledgeville, Triumph has added over $5.2 billion to the local economy, averaging a $148.3 million economic impact annually. Even during the most recent economic downturn among soaring unemployment, Triumph was able to add over 375 jobs.

Triumph believes in being a good corporate citizen and have demonstrated their commitment by donating time and resources to the local community, including sponsorship of various Chamber and Development Authority events and by volunteering many hours with local non-profit organizations such as United Way, Relay for Life, Special Olympics, the American Red Cross, and the Chard Wray Food Pantry.

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