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.
The River Valley Regional Commission is conducting a survey to help inform an economic development document that is being rewritten this year that covers 16 counties in west-central Georgia. The results of this survey will be used to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the region and will be part of the process to generate a new River Valley Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS). The new CEDS will take into account the results of this survey as well as the other regional planning documents, and local economic development planning documents that have been recently created (Columbus 2025, One Sumter, Grow Randolph, etc.). The survey is welcome to anyone living inside the 16 counties and we would appreciate your feedback.
The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018CEDS