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Economic Development

The Economic Development Department serves local governments, development authorities, chambers of commerce and local businesses with the goal of increasing the tax base, creating/retaining jobs and improving the bottom line for business owners.  This is accomplished in a variety of ways.  The three main areas of service include the following: 

  • Revolving Loan Funds which are available to local businesses at a below market rate,

  • Development and administration of grants to local governments and development authorities to improve the infrastructure necessary for a business to successfully operate, and

  • Completion of the Annual Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy. 

Click on the drop-down buttons under Economic Development for more information on each service.

For more information contact Sarah Walls at 706-256-2910 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


* 2017 CEDS Update*


 The River Valley Regional Commission has updated our Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) that covers 16 counties in West-Central Georgia. A comprehensive survey was used to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the region and existing local economic development plans (Columbus 2025, One Sumter, Grow Randolph, etc.) were also used as a part of the process to generate a new River Valley CEDS. To see the new CEDS document, click CEDS

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