Notice of Board Meeting 06/24/2019

The regular monthly Board Meeting of the Development Authority of the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County will be on Thursday, June 24, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Milledgeville Economic Development Center.

The following Agenda will be presented:

  • Call to Order
  • Approve Minutes from May 30, 2019
  • Financial Status Report – Mr. Tyson
  • Old Business
    • Active Project(s) Updates – Chairman Walker
  • New Business
    • Approval of Invoices (if necessary)
    • Notice of Interim Project Manager resignation
  • Executive Session, if required, as permitted by O.C.G.A. § 50-14-3(b)(1)(D):

“ … meetings when any agency is discussing personnel matters and/or voting to . . . enter into a contract to purchase, dispose of, or lease property…”

  • Adjourn

May 21, 2019

The regular monthly Board Meeting of the Development Authority of the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County will be on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Milledgeville Economic Development Center.

The following Agenda will be presented:

  • Call to Order
  • Approve Minutes from April 22, 2019
  • Financial Status Report – Mr. Greg Tyson
  • Project Manager Report – Mr. Hank Griffeth
  • Old Business
    • Active Project(s) Updates
  • New Business
    • Board Appointments for Executive Committee
  • Executive Session, if required, as permitted by O.C.G.A. § 50-14-3(b)(1)(D):

“ … meetings when any agency is discussing personnel matters and/or voting to . . . enter into a contract to purchase, dispose of, or lease property…”

  • Adjourn

(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.

Spec Building Sold ImageThe Development Authority of the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County have sold spec building to the firm Strapack, Inc. for $850,000. The spec building is located on highway 22 in the Industrial Park. Built in 2007, the building is 62,500 sq.ft. and sits on 15 acres.

The real estate deal was finalized December 28, 2015, closing out the year on a positive note and as one of two projects realized in the 4th quarter of 2015. The unanimous vote by the Development Authority’s Board of Directors allows for immediate work by Strapack to prepare for operations to begin early in 2016. Strapack, Inc. will invest between $4 and $6 million in the purchase price and planned build-out development of the building.

Initially, Strapack, Inc. will employ 10 people and company officials have indicated plans for future expansion with additional job positions to be created. No tax abatement was given as part of the contract, so sale of the property will be an immediate benefit on the tax digest.