Project Development Assistance
Staff is available to assist any local government, authority, or business in the development of a project. This includes providing assistance in finding state or federal resources such as tax credits, export/import assistance and other resources. Grant applications are also developed and administered which provide necessary infrastructure such as water, sewer, roads, rail, air, broadband or natural gas. These grants are made to local governments and/or development authorities by either state or federal agencies. The purpose of the grants is to provide exactly what the business needs to create and/or retain jobs as well as making private investment into the project. The end result is an increase in the tax base, creation/retention of jobs, and a business whose bottom line has improved.
Assistance is also available to entrepreneurs seeking to start a business. This includes referrals to the local Small Business Development Center, reviewing business plans, and assisting in finding funding for their start-up.
Tourism is an important part of economic development in this region. Staff will provide assistance to existing and start-up tourism assets such as hotels, museums, restaurants, etc. as well as local convention and visitor’s bureaus and chambers of commerce.
The River Valley Regional Commission provides staffing assistance to the Georgia Highway 27 Association which includes 18 counties in Georgia from the Tennessee state line to the Florida state line. This association has developed a tourism strategy that will draw tourists off of the highway and into their local attractions.